Laxmisagar police station registers Bhubaneswar's first case under new criminal law

DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi asks investigating officers to register in eSakshya app
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BHUBANESWAR: Capital city Bhubaneswar’s first case under the new criminal law Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) was lodged at Laxmisagar police station on Monday.

“After the three new laws came into force, the first case was registered at Laxmisagar police station under sections 126(2) (wrongful restraint), 115 (voluntarily causing hurt), 118 (voluntarily causing hurt or grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 109 (attempt to murder). All the other police stations have also started registering cases under the new laws,” said DCP Prateek Singh.

Sources said Laxmisagar police registered a case after an anti-social attacked a person with a sharp weapon in Chintamaniswar area on June 29. The miscreant allegedly targeted the man over a monetary dispute. The accused even threatened the man last Sunday and on Monday morning to not approach the police but he lodged a complaint earlier in the day fearing for his life, said an officer of Laxmisagar police station. Four police stations in the city registered at least one case each under BNS on the day while over 50 cases were registered under the new law at various police stations across state, said sources.

Meanwhile, DGP Arun Kumar Sarangi asked all the investigating officers to register themselves with eSakshya app. The mobile-based application has been developed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to help police record scene of crime/search and seizure procedures and upload the files on the cloud-based platform. Sarangi also said that for the convenience of the people, provisions such as zero FIR and online registration of police complaints have been incorporated in the new laws.

People lodging online complaints will, however, have to visit the police station within three days to sign them so that FIRs can be registered for further investigation.

In a related development, Health and Family Welfare department issued a notification for all the doctors in the state regarding the SOPs to follow while examining the victims of sexual crimes. The notification state a victim of rape or other sexual crimes should be medically examined after being produced before the doctors by the police. The doctors should issue medical examination reports of the victims within seven days.

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