First case under Zero FIR rule registered in Andhra Pradesh

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VIJAYAWADA: The first complaint under Zero FIR system in Andhra Pradesh was registered at the Kanchikacherla station in Krishna district.

 

The complaint lodged by Ravi Nayak pertained to the missing of his 14-year-old son from the BC Welfare Hostel, a native at Jujjur Village of Veerulapadu mandal. Though the place of incident was not under Kanchikacherla Police station limits, the cops there registered the FIR without considering the jurisdiction and traced the boy from his relative’s house at Miryalaguda, Nalgonda district in Telangana.

According to Kanchikacherla sub-inspector G Sri Hari Babu, G Dharma Teja (14), a native of Jujjur village who is studying in X went missing on Wednesday evening after an argument with a class VIII student in the school.

Depressed over the incident, Teja took permission from the school around 3:30 and left but did not return to the hostel. On being alerted, Teja’s father Ravi Nayak along with the hostel warden immediately approached Kanchikacherla police and lodged a missing person complaint, a New Indian Express report said.

"Following the complaint, two special teams were pressed into action and they mounted a search operation at Kodada and Kanchikacherla bus stations to trace the whereabouts of Teja. Meanwhile, the team got information that the boy went to his relative's house at Miryalaguda.

On Thursday morning, a special team was sent to Mirayalaguda to bring the boy back to the village. He will be handed over to his parents once he returns to Kanchikacherla, the police official said.

Normally, in such cases, the complainant would be asked to approach the police station under whose jurisdiction the crime or incident has taken place, but now with zero FIR, the complaint could be lodged with any police station saving time.

The Andhra Pradesh police decided to implement the Zero FIR rule days after the brutal rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian doctor at the outskirts of Hyderabad. The Shamsabad police delayed the filing of an FIR citing jurisdiction, and making the family of the victim run around at a difficult time.

Three cops were later suspended for dereliction of duty after the incident came to light.

The concept of Zero FIR was suggested first by the Justice Verma committee set up to look at amendments to criminal laws in India following the gang rape and murder of Nirbhaya in 2012.

In his circular to field officers, AP police chief directed the officials to register FIR even if the alleged offence has been committed outside the territorial jurisdiction of the police station. They should first register the FIR and then transfer it to the appropriate police station.

The brutal rape and murder of the vet, which took place near a toll gate on the Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on November 27, has sparked outrage across the country. On November 29, the Cyberabad police arrested four accused, Mohammed Ali alias Arif, J. Naveen, J. Shiva and Chennakeshavulu in connection with the incident.

The police said that the accused, who were lorry drivers and cleaners, trapped the woman by deflating a tyre of her Scooty and later offering to help her fix it. After killing the victim, they carried the body in their truck near Shadnagar town around 30 km away, and set it ablaze (with inputs from media reports)

Image Credit: Telangana State Information

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