Tuesday, June 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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All set for net-based FIR
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 2
The Punjab government is all set to introduce the hi-tech net-based First Information Report (FIR).

With the implementation of the nationwide FIR filing mechanism the tracking down of criminals would become easy. The complainant would also be able to monitor the progress of the case on the website of the National Crime Record Bureau.

Under the new pattern, an FIR would have seven heads crime details, seizure of property, final report, court disposal status, result of appeal and the arrest or surrender of the accused.

The total number of pages of an FIR would be 21. The copies of FIR would have to be sent to the SSP, the police station concerned, the Ilaqua Magistrate, the complainant, the police computer cell and the NCRB. “The FIR would have minute details like the time of arrest of the accused and time of supplying information to relatives of the accused. Moreover, since the FIR would be part of the country-wide network, there would be no scope of any change. In case, any accused was found innocent during investigation the details regarding this would also be flashed across the country immediately,” said Mr Gurdip Singh, the in charge of the Hoshiarpur unit of the bureau, who has just completed training at the NCRB in the new FIR system along with DSP Mandip Singh.

The state government had issued a notification on March 6, implementation of the new system could take another two to three months for the new pattern FIR was being printed by the Printing and Stationery Department of Punjab.


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