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Top cop cracks the whip, orders officers to clear cases

India on 22 April 2014
Location : Bangalore, India | Source : Times of India

Jameela Begum, 72, a retired teacher from RT Nagar, approached Kalasipalyam police last July with a complaint over a fake will. She said a couple had tried to usurp her property on Lalbagh Fort Road worth around Rs 1 crore, by producing a fake will allegedly written by her.

The jurisdictional police officials did nothing until a new inspector took over last September and started sorting out the pending cases left behind by his predecessor. The original will with Jameela's signature on a separate paper were sent to the forensic lab. The result was clear: the will produced by the duo was a fake. This police station, that had nearly 250 similar cases, is now left with only 15.

But the Kalasipalyam story does not replicate itself in other police stations: as many as 15,000 cases are pending in stations across the city. This even prompted police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar to pay a surprise visit to southeast division last week, and give a piece of his mind to field officers. They were sternly told to speed up and clear the backlog of cases accumulated over a year.

"In a city of more than 100 police stations, there are around 15,000 cases in cold storage. Madiwala police station alone had 3,000 cases pending before Auradkar took charge last June. This is really upsetting as there was nobody to supervise the disposal of cases that were booked," said a senior police officer. Auradkar said an inspector-level officer and two sub-inspectors have been deputed to clear the cases in Madiwala.

An officer said often, officers in charge of police stations are not serious about examining the FIRs filed. "No questions were asked by superiors about the status of cases and no periodic review done either," said another officer.

"Ultimately, it's the people who suffer. Officials in charge of police stations should acknowledge the receipt of a complaint, and in serious cases, hand over an FIR copy to the complainant. Then investigation starts in earnest, and if the case doesn't hold water, a B report (case not found) should be filed with the jurisdictional court. If vehicles are stolen and not traced within 90 days, police should give a C report, stating they are not found," another officer said.

18K CASES CLEARED IN 8 MONTHS

The exact figure of pending cases is still being listed, but of over 29,000 cases, almost 18,000 cases were cleared between July 2013 and February end this year, Auradkar told TOI. "I've asked field officers and inspectors of police stations to speed up the process by segregating cases according to their seriousness, and distribute them among the staff for speedy disposal. We've asked officers in the ranks of deputy commissioner and joint commissioner to periodically review the status of cases in police stations every 15 days," said Auradkar. He added that the process of segregation has commenced.

 

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