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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 7:20 AM (IST)

In three years, 32% complaints converted into FIRs, most fake

Amit Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

Only 32.33 per cent of the total 47,218 complaints received by the UT police in the past three years were converted into FIRs. 

There has been a rise in complaints received by the UT police in the past few years. However, when it comes to registering cases less than 36 per cent complaints get converted into cases, reveals the figures of 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

While a total of 14,696 complaints were received in 2016, FIRs in only 4,042 complaints were registered that turns out to be only 27.50 per cent. 

The number of complaints rose to 16,215 in 2017, of which 5,342 cases were registered at 16 police stations, which is around 32.95 per cent. Similarly, in 2018, 16,307 complaints were received, of which FIRs in 5,873 complaints was registered, which turns out to be 36.01 per cent. 

DSP (PRO) Charanjit Singh said that the number of complaints received and the number of cases registered depends on various factors. “Many a times, the complaints received are found to be fake,” the DSP said. 

He said, “The other factors due to which the number of complaints and cases registered varies is that sometimes complainants and opposite party strike a compromise following which complaints are withdrawn. “Sometimes complaints are related to some other states and not Chandigarh following which complainants are asked to report the matter to the state concerned,” he said. 

The police stations that received the maximum number of the complaints include the Sector 34 police station that received 5,056 complaints in the past three years. While the Sector 17 police station received 4,604 complaints, Sector 39 police station received 4,445 complaints and Sector 36 police station received 3,811 complaints. 

RTI activist RK Garg, who had sought the information under RTI, said since a large number of complaints were received by the police every year, the investigating officers dealing with the complaints should be given training on a regular basis. “There should be a mechanism to check the status of complaints online,” he added. 

Police explain why

  • DSP (PRO) Charanjit Singh said the number of complaints received and the number of cases registered depends on various factors. "Many a times, the complaints received are found to be fake," the DSP said. 
  • He said, "The other factors due to which the number of complaints and cases registered varies is that sometimes complainants and opposite party strike a compromise following which complaints are withdrawn. "Sometimes complaints are related to some other states and not Chandigarh, following which complainants are asked to report the matter to the state concerned," he said. 

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