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Petty no more! Top cop in pursuit of stolen cellphone

As many as 29 delhi residents get their mobile phones nicked every day. The police rarely lodge a proper case of theft.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2012 01:25 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times

The fact that more than two dozen Delhiites, around 29 to be precise, get their mobile phones nicked every day in the Capital is its worst-kept secret. That only a handful of these are recovered is common knowledge.

A common complaint among a majority of those who lose their phone — who number around 4,709 according to the Delhi Police, is about the police 'persuading' them to take the easy way out by choosing a non-cognisable crime report (NCR) over getting a case of theft registered.. The NCR is a brief statement about the lost instrument that the phone owner could submit to the service provider and get a new SIM card re-issued.

However, a retired naval officer took it upon himself, and was able to successfully stall, this narrative from perpetuating.

An entire year after the senior retired naval officer got his Blackberry Torch stolen at a golf club in central Delhi's Tughlaq Road, no one less than Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta has been instructed to ensure that 'special efforts' are made to track and recover it.

"The theft had occurred at the Air Force Golf Club around 5 pm on June 30 last year and the complainant had approached us with his complaint on July 1. Though an NCR had been drawn at the time, a case of theft has now been registered," said a senior police officer.

But the road to redemption that the determined officer had to take was not easy.

He had to approach the Union home ministry to claim his right and no less than UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security), had to come to his aid.

"A letter of intimation directly from North Block directed the Commissioner to get a case registered and to ensure that special efforts are made to get the instrument back. We are investigating the matter and will try our best to get it," the officer added.

First Published: Jun 09, 2012 23:32 IST