Bangalore police commissioner M N Reddi has proposed the establishment of centers or kiosks in the city for the registration of FIRs in an effort to counter allegations that police stations often turn away complainants and refuse to register complaints. Speaking at a media interaction here on Thursday the police commissioner said that the special kiosks for FIRs would receive complaints and register FIRs before transferring the case to the jurisdictional police station for further action.
Reddi said since there was an increasing number of complaints against police officers refusing to register FIRs people need not walk into police stations to file complaints.
“Crime cannot be controlled by under reporting crimes. Officers resist filing FIRs from a sense of work over load. This is why there are jurisdictional issues and complaints from one area are not taken care off in some stations, etc. Alternate ways of registering FIRs are required to solve these issues,” Reddi said.
The centralised FIR centers will feed information into a database that is accessible to the jurisdictional police.
In the course of the interaction commissioner Reddi claimed that Bangalore’s law and order situation was under control. He said that an exercise was underway to add more than 10,000 persons with criminal records into rowdy sheets in order to control their illegal activities.
These 10,000 include property offenders including those involved in chain snatching, robbery, land grabbing and other illegal activities.
“We are going to strengthen community policing in the city. Community policing is under way in at least seven police stations and it will be extended to other police stations too,” Reddi said.