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

4:26 pm 25 Aug, 2017


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.


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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