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 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.
the most beautifull thing its in urdu…and i saw few words of Urdu still being used in registering FIR…got it done for my mobile 😀
— bhupesh kakkar (@bhupi_kak) August 24, 2017
Maine bhi kahin padha tha urdu was the official language…😊
— Shahnawazul Haque (@iam___Shah) August 24, 2017
Great!! It addon one of most valuable information in my mind. Please use to post such Historical Information.https://t.co/5hixRPErm2
— G K Jha (@GKJha01) August 24, 2017
One can see that Urdu was the national or official language. Even in 1960s FIR in Urdu
— Paddy Singh (@hindoostantours) August 24, 2017
There were also some Twitter users who were concerned about the investigation process in those times.
Kindly let us know if the stolen property were recovered & your first charge sheet filed in the court led to conviction of the accused?
— Badal 🇮🇳 (@Victor27941368) August 24, 2017
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!