Flat No: 1Aa, KGEYES Carolinaa
152, Bharani Street, Bharathi Nagar
Velachery, Chennai 600042
Date: 7th September 2015
Shri. Krishna P. Sinari
Old Goa Police Station
Velha Goa, Goa. 403402
Subject: Complaint dated 21st July 2015 regarding Theft/ Robbery committed and Grievous injuries sustained by my mother - Filing of FIR and enquiry about the progress in investigation in this connection
On July 21st 2015, at 7:00 AM, while returning from her morning walk, from Four-Pillars, Panaji towards our house at St. Agostinho Wado, Santa Cruz, my mother was forcefully robbed of her gold mangal-sutra, by two persons riding on a Red colored Pulser motorbike. Both persons were wearing helmets. While the motorbike was driven by one of the robbers, the robber riding pillion forcefully snatched the mangal-sutra. The force with which the mangal-sutra was pulled was so great, that my mother fell to the ground and she sustained a fracture to her right shoulder. This robbery took place at St. Agostinho Wado, Santa Cruz, on the Vasantrao Dempo Marg, near the HDFC ATM in Chaitanya Residency Complex, opposite to Dempo’s house.
A passerby helped my mother reach home and informed my father about the incident. My mother was then taken to GMC Hospital and my father met the police personnel at the GMC Hospital and informed them about the incident. My father accompanied the investigation officer, PSI XXX to the crime scene, where he interrogated a few people around and took my father’s statement. We were told that we will be informed as soon as the robbers are nabbed.
We later came to know that the alleged robbers had come from NH-17 towards Santa Cruz market and there they are made an unsuccessful bid to rob the chain of another lady, who resisted the same and as a result she fell to the ground and sustained face injuries. After this unsuccessful bid, they came up further towards the Santa Cruz junction and took a left turn towards Bambolim. When they noticed my mother, who was returning home from her morning walk, they took a U-turn near Bank of Goa and came back and robbed her mangal-sutra.
From GMC, my mother was moved to Healthway Hospital near People High School, Mala, Panaji. She was operated upon on 25th July and is currently recuperating. The cost of pre-hospitalization, hospitalization and post-hospitalization expenses till date is approximately Rs.1,26,000/-. The cost of the stolen mangal-sutra is close to Rs.1,00,000/-.
On 29th July, we went to the Old Goa police station to inquire about the case and to collect a FIR copy, however, we could not meet the investigation officer. We then spoke to him over phone and we were told by the investigation officer that no FIR has been filed. On the contrary, we were told that my father did not want to file a complaint and he had given a letter to that effect addressed to the PI. I then requested the investigation officer to file an FIR and he asked me to come to the police station again to meet him. However, since I had to return back to Chennai, I could not meet him.
Sir, you may be aware that the sections of IPC applicable to this case namely Section 378 (Theft), Section 382 (Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft), Section 390 (Robbery), Section 319 (Hurt), Section 320 (Grievous hurt) and Section 322 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt), are cognizable offences under the Criminal Procedure Code. As such, it is mandatory for the police to forthwith enter the complaint into the register maintained for the said purpose, if the same relates to commission of a cognizable offence. On 12 November 2013, while interpreting Section 154 of the CRPC in the Lalita Kumari vs Govt.Of U.P. & Others case, the honorable Supreme Court of India has ruled that it is mandatory for the police to register a First Information Report for all complaints in which cognizable offence has been discovered.
Sir, the FIR is a pertinent document in the criminal law procedure of our country and its main object from the point of view of the informant is to set the criminal law in motion and from the point of view of the investigating authorities is to obtain information about the alleged criminal activity so as to be able to take suitable steps to trace and to bring to book the guilty. Without filing an FIR, on what basis will the investigation officer trace and bring to book the guilty?
Request you to kindly file an FIR in this matter at the earliest, and keep us informed once the same has been registered in order for us to collect a copy of the same.
Secondly, when we spoke to the investigation officer on 29th July, we were informed that he has asked for CC TV footages and the same were to be studied and the guilty would be brought to book at the earliest. We would like to know the progress done on this case till date.
Devdatta Rivonkar more
I have incorporated the feedback received from a few quarters in the letter and sent out an email to the concerned police officer today. I shall be sending out the Registered letter tomorrow. Sure, I will give them a week's time before I request for the FIR copy. more