Kanpur police lodge its first Facebook complaint

Kanpur police has lodged a complaint based on information that it had received from the social network site `Facebook`, police said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 17:57 PM IST

Kanpur: Kanpur police has lodged a complaint
based on information that it had received from the social
network site `Facebook`, police said on Saturday.

Kohna police station became the first of its kind to
lodged a complaint through the `Facebook` profile.

A Facebook user Tabish Ahmad on the social-networking
site complained that he had lost his bag, which contained
important business documents, Kohna Station Officer Alok Mani
Tripati said to a news agency.

Ahmad had also given his address and phone number,
Tripati added.

The SHO said police responded to the information by
contacting Ahmad immediately to get additional inputs in the
case.

Police had lodged an FIR in this connection and a
sub-inspector has been given the duty to investigate this
matter. Ahmad was also informed of all the developments
regarding the case through `Facebook`.

Kanpur DIG Ashok Jain said, "Lodging a complaint in
Kohana police station through Facebook will send a message to
the public that police would file a report on any complain
that they receive through Facebook".

In a bid to improve the law and order situation, the
Kanpur Police had recently linked three police stations of
Kohana, Kakadeo and Naubasta with its facebook profile.

Asked how the police will give this report a legal
status, Kohna`s Station Officer Alok Mani Tripati said, "Since
it was a minor incident, we took print out of Tabish Ahmad`s
from Facebook and based on that we filed an FIR."

Tripati also said if they get an information on a major
incident like murder or dacoity on `Facebook` then the police
would go to the complainant and would file the FIR on paper.

The DIG congratulated Tripati on lodging first report
based on `Facebook` complain. Jain asked other two
stations - Kakadeo and Naubasta - to encourage the people in
their area to file reports through `Facebook`.

He said the police was also planning to post
photographs of wanted criminals on this page so that they be
traced faster.

Jain said people can complain against any police
officer who take bribe and the informant`s name will not be
disclosed.

PTI