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A Munshi has his hands full writing FIRs

He wrote 177 FIRs in first three days and then lost count as complaints poured in.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Muzzafarnagar | Published: October 4, 2013 3:14:53 am

At Muzaffarnagar,FIRs are piling up. A total of 177 FIRs pertaining to riots were handwritten in three days at a single station. Over a hundred still remain. Dealing with this deluge of complaints is one man entrusted with the task of going through each complaint and processing it into an FIR.

He (he did not want to be named) was brought in specifically for rendering complaints into FIRs quickly and effectively. His young son is unwell,but all that was put aside when he was transferred to one of the worst affected police stations in the district. “When I came here,I realized that no work had been done. There were hundreds of complaints,but none had been processed,” he said.

In the first day,a hundred FIRs were handwritten by him. In the second day,fifty odd were completed.

“I wrote out 177 FIRs in the first three days,and then I honestly lost count. It must be close to 250 now and complaints keep pouring in,” he said. The station he has been posted is on the outskirts of Muzaffarnagar bordering Shamli district,where violence had claimed 19 lives.

Thousands made their way to those areas in the city where there was a large Muslim population. Speaking about converting these tragedies into sections of the penal code,he said,“When there’s an attempt to murder,I write out section 307 IPC next to it. But that doesn’t convey the sheer horror of people trying to burn you alive in your own homes,” he said.

Outside the station,there’s a tea shop,whose only clientele is officers at the police station. There is no other shop,or house in the uninterrupted landscape of lush fields and trees.

“We have been getting one meal every day,if we are lucky. Otherwise,we’re surviving on tea. This work is extremely important,any delay can be a matter of life and death for someone else,” he said.

There can be no denying the complexity of this munshi’s work. He has to sieve through complaints filed in different police stations,often by different members of the same family for the same crime.

“Often,I come across odd problems. For instance,a number of people have signed their names in Urdu. In which case,I have to get someone to translate for me,before the FIR can be lodged,” he said.

BJP to hold open meet on riots

BJP will organise an open meeting with BJP MLA from Kairana,Hukum Singh,regarding the recent Muzaffarnagar riots. Hukum Singh is one of the four BJP MLAs booked in an FIR for making provocative speeches at the Jat mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar. Singh is also a BJP leader in the UP Legislative Assembly. The theme of the event is ‘Muzaffarnagar – The Truth’. “There will be a speech by Hukum Singh,after which he will narrate the chain of events that occurred and the state government’s actions,” said Dr R Balashankar,national convener of the intellectual cell. Balashankar said the event will be an open meeting where any person from the party or public can ask Hukum Singh about the riots. BJP general secretary J P Nadda will be the chief guest.

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