Telangana zero FIR system evokes lukewarm response

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HYDERABAD: The zero FIR system introduced by the Telangana government following the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in November last year has failed to gain traction in the state.

 

According to reports, the cops in the state have registered only 83 zero FIRs since it was introduced in the first week of December. The highest number of these FIRs were registered in Hyderabad, said a Times of India report.

As per the concept, Zero FIR is a FIR that can be filed in any police station regardless of the place of incidence or jurisdiction. The same is later transferred to the l Police Station having competent jurisdiction after investigation and filing with a magistrate.

The system was introduced in the state after the Telangana police had come under criticism for making the vet’s family go from one police station to other citing jurisdiction issues to register a missing case on the night of November 27.

Subsequently, top police officials of both the Telugu states issued orders directing the Station House Officers (SHOs) to register a case as soon as a complaint was received irrespective of the jurisdiction as a zero FIR and later transfer the case to the concerned police station for investigation, the TOI report said.

The first zero FIR after the vet rape was registered at Subedari police station in Warangal on December 7 and was later transferred to Shyampet police station. Subsequently, two zero FIRs were registered at Parigi and Vikarabad police stations on December 8 pertaining to sexual assault on a minor girl and a cheating case.

They were transferred to Vikarabad and Kacheguda police stations respectively based on the details of the complaints. The accused have been arrested in both the cases.

Secunderabad railway police also registered two zero FIRs on January 5 pertaining to cell phones and cash thefts in the Raxaul to Secunderabad special train.

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