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Delhi to allow online FIR for petty crimes

Monday, 17 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

In an attempt to strengthen people-friendly policing, Delhi Police would soon allow people to register FIRs online for crimes such as theft and forgery.

This initiative would encourage people to register minor crimes. People normally shy away or are not comfortable coming to the police station. And it would also help in controlling street and petty crime. Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi announced that this facility would be launched on February 18 or19 during the upcoming Police Week.

Bassi along with the minister of state in the union ministry of home affairs, RPN Singh, was addressing 67th Raising Day of Delhi Police, here on Sunday.

"Non-cogniszable Report would be registered online without visiting police station. First information report (FIR) for crimes such as theft and forgery could be filed online through our website sitting at home," said Bassi.

During the celebrations of the Police Week, a new four-digit helpline number for foreigners would also be introduced, replacing the earlier 10-digit number, so that they could easily inform about any complaint or issue. Earlier on Friday, in wake of crimes against northeastern residents in the capital police announced a dedicated helpline—1093—for them.

RPN Singh, stressed on the importance of friendly relations between police and public where a citizen can approach the police unhesitatingly and share information. "The cooperation of people is of paramount importance to check the crime. There has to be zero tolerance to crime against women and corruption. He called upon to rediscover values and ethics," he said. Singh, however, appreciated free registration of cases, transparency and accountability in Delhi Police functioning urging that 'an environment should be created where every citizen living in Delhi would feel homely.'

Delhi police has often been criticised for not registering FIRs and also discouraging people to report about minor thefts or lost valuables.

"We would see what would be the response and then we can accordingly think of improving the facility further and if needed expanding its horizon as well," spokesperson of Delhi police Rajan Bhagat told dna.

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