[AI] mobile phone stolen.

SC Vashishth subhashvashishth at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 02:31:26 EDT 2008

Dear all,
In this age of technology, the stolen mobiles can be easily traced as with
every call made from a mobile, the unique IMEI No. also get transmitted
besides your mobile no. (provided by the service providers).

What is lacking is the will on the part of investigating agencies to tackle
this menace. Police always want to show their crime graphs low and that is
why they do not register FIRs. People on their part get discouraged and do
not lodge FIR for loss of mobile phones and usually they just get the sim
blocked. And the vicious circle continues! Unless there are a large number
of FIRs, Police will not take any concerted steps to resolve this menace.

Delhi Police has wherewithal and can very well tackle this menace. They
already have Anti Robbery Cell, Anti-Kidnapping Cell, Anti-Homicide Cell,
Anti-Auto Theft Squad, Inter-State Cell, Special Investigation Team, Bomb
Disposal Squad, Dog Squad, Missing Person Squad etc.
They also have an on line STOLEN VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION SERVICE on their
website under the Icon "Stolen/Unclaimed Vehicle". The users can check the
status of stolen/unclaimed vehicle of different parameters viz. "Regn. No.
or Engine No. or Chassis Number by using websites

I suggest that this list should send a strong recommendation to the Delhi
Police Chief to start such a service to locate stolen mobiles on the lines
of "Stolen Vehicles". It may be named as "Stolen Mobile Phone Tracing
Service". I am sure the Cellular Service Providers would give all assistance
to Police in such a drive.

We can write such a mail to Mr. YS Dadwal, The Commissioner, Delhi Police on
email: ys.dadwal at nic.in or fax on Number 011- 24638859 & 23722052.

warm regards
SC Vashishth,
Advocate-Delhi High Court

On 6/25/08, Subramani L <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in> wrote:
> A pathetic story indeed. Here in Bangalore too, when a friend of mine
> (who is not a journalist) lost his mobile phone, he needed a
> journalist's recommendation to register the FIR! So your assessment
> seems right. Technology is unlikely to change the lackadaisical attitude
> of our system.
> Subramani
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Vikas
> Kapoor
> Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:29 PM
> To: Access India
> Subject: [AI] mobile phone stolen.
> Folks, yesterday only, while travelling in a busy blueline bus here in
> Delhi, I lost my Nokia 6681 mobile phone instrument. It was stolen from
> the front pocket of my laptop bag. Now my purpose to disclose the same
> here on this list is only      to justify what I had been maintaining
> about those mails which, from time to time keep flooding our mailboxes,
> that is, what we should do when our cell phone is lost. Let me tell you
> emphatically that, be it your service provider or Nokia itself, nobody
> seems to have any concern about your stolen phone. Even you would be
> surprised to know that when I had gone to the nearest police station in
> order to launch the FIR, first of all, they printed the IMEI number of
> my phone wrong on the FIR sheet, this is notwithstanding the fact that I
> gave the original bill to the lady who was writing my FIR report. When I
> noticed this after coming back, I again went to the same police station
> to get it rectified. They certainly confessed their mistake and
> corrected the same in the copy that I was having, but they were not at
> all concerned with rectifying the same in their record. IF the attitude
> of the policemen is so reluctant and apathetic, I'm afraid what action
> they'll take on their part! So no matter if one claims that we should
> always keep our phone IMEI number safe in case the phone is lost, I'll
> tell you nothing is going to come out at least here in India! Be it the
> lack of technological expertise or the lack of will power, it is quite
> impossible to get it back or to make it blocked as most of the mails
> would claim!
> Vikas Kapoor,
> MSN Id:dl_vikas at hotmail.com <Id%3Adl_vikas at hotmail.com>, Yahoo&Skype Id:
> dl_vikas,
> Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.
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Warm regards,

Subhash Chandra Vashishth
Mobile : +91-11-9811125521

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