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Delhi Police’s First FIR Recorded In 1861 Was About Theft Of A Hukka

4:26 pm 25 Aug, 2017

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The Delhi Police took to Twitter on Thursday to make public a photograph from its archive complaint filing records. The photograph released was that of the first ever FIR (First Information Report) registered with the Delhi police at a time when Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the capital of British India.

The FIR was filed 156 years ago, on October 18, 1861 and was about a theft crime. The photograph went out with the hashtag – #KhaasHaiItihaas (History is special).

 

The photograph shared by Delhi Police The Financial Express

 

The FIR recorded in Urdu language the FIR records a complaint about theft of a ‘Hukka’ (smoking pipe), cooking utensils, three large and three small bowls, women’s clothing and a kulfi (a traditional form of ice cream).

The FIR was filed under Police Act at the Sabzi Mandi Police Station by a person named Maeeuddin, a resident of Katra Sheesh Mahal. The worth of total items stolen was valued at 45 annas (about Rs 2.81), which was indeed a hefty amount, back in those days.

According to a report in The Hindu, this FIR had been framed and put on display at the Delhi Police Museum in 2014. A photograph of the same has also been put inside the Sabzi Mandi Police Station.

Needless to say, this photograph became a huge hit among Twitterattis, who could not stop hailing the picture, especially the use of Urdu to write the same.


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There were also some Twitter users who were concerned about the investigation process in those times.

Although whether the investigation was properly carried out or not is still a mystery, it is definitely unquestionable that Delhi Police took us all into a jolly good ride down India’s history. Take a bow, Delhi Police!

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