Rajasthan Police tweak crime data to bring down yearly offences tally
The Rajasthan Human Rights Commission (RHRC) has taken serious exception to the police practice of reducing crime figures in a calendar year by postponing the registration of first information reports (FIRs) towards the year-end.
Incidentally, the police register FIRs for the crimes committed in December in the subsequent month of January to bring down the annual tally of offences.
As a result, the commission has asked the district superintendents of police (DSPs) to furnish police station-wise details of instances in which FIRs were registered in January 2015 instead of December 2014, said acting commissioner of the two-member commission H.R. Kuri.
The panel probing the issue has asked SPs to explain the delay in filing FIRs
Significantly, the post of the commission’s chairperson has been lying vacant for about four years.
M.K. Devarajan, the second member of the commission and a retired IPS officer, had raised the issue with the police department. He told Mail Today that the panel took up the matter with DGP Omendra Bhardwaj, who in turn issued a directive to all district SPs to immediately shun the “illegal practice” and take action against the erring officials in their respective areas.
Devarajan said that when this did not bring in the desired results, the commission suo motu registered complaints against all the 41 police districts of the state and sought details from the SPs in their respective areas.
He said that the practice of delaying registration of FIRs, especially in cognisable offences of serious nature in which evidence is of vital importance, amounted to nothing but “sounding the death knell in the case by the police department itself”.
The panel member said the practice of deliberately delaying or postponing FIRs in cases, involving road accidents and vehicle thefts, is most rampant. He said that reports from deputy commissioners/SPs from across the state suggested that there were inordinate delay in registering FIRs under Section 156(3) of the CrPC where the court had directed the police to investigate a case.