Top cops dif­fer over reg­is­ter­ing FIR on­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

Even as CM Deven­dra Fadnavis an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that all po­lice sta­tions of Ma­ha­rash­tra will start reg­is­ter­ing a First In­for­ma­tion Re­pot (FIR) on­line from Jan­uary 1, the se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers from Navi Mum­bai have come up with con­tra­dic­tory state­ments.

While ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice VR Chauhan said that it will be im­ple­mented right from Jan­uary 1, city po­lice chief said that he is still not clear about it.

Speak­ing to HT, po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan said, “On­line reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR is un­doubt­edly a very good sys­tem, but I have sev­eral ques­tions in my mind about the en­tire pro­ce­dure. When a per­son comes to a po­lice sta­tion for reg­is­ter­ing an FIR, a po­lice of­fi­cial can make some queries for clear­ing his or her doubts. Then the com­plainant has to sign on the FIR in front of that of­fi­cial. I don’t know if th­ese things will be pos­si­ble in the on­line sys­tem.”

“Reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR is a le­gal sys­tem and if it is done with fake a sig­na­ture, then the con­cerned of­fi­cial would be pros­e­cuted. There­fore, I am not say­ing that we are not ready for it, but I really don’t know how to go about it,” he added.

Ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner Chauhan on the other hand said that the or­der will be im­ple­mented from Jan­uary 1 it­self. “We will start reg­is­ter­ing FIRs on­line from the first day of 2016. There is noth­ing much to say about it,” he said with­out ex­plain­ing fur­ther.

A sec­tion of po­lice of­fi­cers how­ever, be­lieve that the on­line sys­tem may not be as sim­ple as ex­pected. A se­nior of­fi­cer from city zone I said, “Many of our of­fi­cials are not com­fort­able with com­put­ers. Dur­ing ban­dobasts, all our of­fi­cials have to be on road ex­cept for one or two. If that one or two of­fi­cial can­not reg­is­ter an FIR on­line, then it will cre­ate prob­lems.”

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