KALYAN: After dragging their feet for nearly three days, an FIR against the five unidentified men who assaulted and robbed Dinesh Nair (30) was registered at the Mahatma Phule police station early on Sunday.
TOI had reported the incident in its November 16 edition. Nair, an event management professional, had said his assailants were travelling in an SUV. The police are now examining footage from CCTV cameras of shops and establishments on road where the incident occurred to trace the SUV's registration number.
On his way back from work, Nair missed the last local train from Parel and took a cab to Kalyan. He got off near Kalyan station and walked to a pay-and-park area. Minutes after he exited the parking lot on his bike and passed Shivaji Chowk, an SUV hit his two-wheeler throwing him on the road.
Five men stepped out from the SUV, hauled him into the vehicle and bashed him up all the way till Bhiwandi before throwing him out in an unconscious state. Later, his relatives took him a hospital and its staffers informed the Bazarpeth police about the incident. While the Bazarpeth police recorded Nair statement, officials did not file an FIR, citing jurisdictional issues. "When we learned about the case our police team immediately recorded the victim's statement and filed the FIR in the case," said Dinesh Katke, senior inspector of Mahatma Phule police station.
Under the law, a citizen can approach any police station with his complaint. It is the duty of the police to file an FIR irrespective of the jurisdiction and later transfer the case to the police station concerned.