Four complaints filed at FIR counter in three weeks

Staff Correspondent

The facility has been opened at the office of SP

The move aims at helping people in getting

FIRs registered

Poor response is attributed to lack of awareness among the people

MANGALORE: Vijayalakshmi, resident of Surathkal, was asked to vacate the house she was living in by its owner. She asked for time to do so. But her request led policemen walking in and asking her to vacate the house immediately. The police threatened to beat her, she said.

Taken unawares of, Ms. Vijayalakshmi rushed to the FIR counter at the office of the Superintendent of Police and filed a complaint there on Saturday.

Assistant sub-inspector B. Vasanthi rang up the Surathkal police immediately and told them that their duty was not to vacate people from their houses. This resulted in Ms. Vijayalaksmhi getting six months to vacate.

The new FIR counter opened at the office of the Superintendent of Police in its first three weeks has recorded four complaints. “Rules permit us to have such a counter for the benefit of the people,” said Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao. “It is aimed at helping those who are unable to get an FIR registered in various police stations,” he added.

Of the four complaints received, two are from Surathkal police jurisdiction, one each from Belthangady and Moodbidri. Prema, the complainant from Moodbidri, alleged that Chandrahasa Moolya had “trapped” her daughter in a case and later produced her at the police station. The police, according to Ms. Prema, handed over her daughter to Prajna Counselling Centre, without informing or consulting the parents. In her complaint Ms. Prema requested the SP to get her daughter back. Assistant sub-inspector Ms. Vasanthi, who was in-charge of the FIR counter on Sunday, told The Hindu that she had contacted the counselling centre in this regard. The girl was safe and was in the custody of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). She was all set to be released after being produced in the CWC court, she said.

“With no publicity and awareness, there are already four complaints. A new room is under construction for the counter. Once it gets ready, the local channels of the department will take steps to create public awareness about it,” he said.