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Only gazetted officers will probe into grievances of NRIs'; stil dowry cases are PROMPTLY registered !!

Only gazetted officers will probe into grievances of NRIs'

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, August 17, 2013

First Published: 22:41 IST(17/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:43 IST(17/8/2013)

Cases concerning non-resident Indians (NRIs) will be probed only by gazetted officers.

The decision was taken by the Punjab government, which brought about certain amendments in rules following recommendations of the NRI commission. However, many see this move as an effort by the state government to appease the NRIs.

The notification of amendments sent to Ludhiana last week and the police commissionerate immediately complied with it. This is not for the first time that the state government has been following NRI appeasement policy. Earlier too, it had established NRI police stations across the state and had asked NRIs to file their complaints directly at the NRI police stations, even though filing of complaints through fax or e-mail are already in place.

In addition, high-ranked police officers had also started video chatting with the NRIs to solve their grievances.

According to amendments, the officers above the rank of inspector will deal with complaints against NRIs. The police commissioner in police commissionerate and senior superintendent of police (SSP) in police district could form a team of at least two gazetted officers and one inspector of SHO-level officer.

Recent cases

Dowry harassment, cheating case registered against NRI
A dowry harassment and cheating case was registered against an NRI Sandeep Vij following his wife's complaint. An officer of the rank of assistant commissioner of police (ACP) inquired into the whole matter and then lodged an FIR on August 12 at the NRI police station.

Sub-inspector Rajesh Thakur, SHO at the NRI police station, confirmed the development, stating that any officer appointed at the NRI police station could investigate into the matter.

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