A man was murdered in a village and the police inspector asked two constables to go to the scene and provide a First Information Report (FIR)... As it was night and the location was too far from the station, the constables did not go and made a fake FIR. After reading the report, the inspector said "you are both suspended for making a fake report".

Here is the FIR report:

"When we arrived at the scene, the door was open and a man aged about 40-45 was found dead in a chair. A bulb was glowing in the room and the fan was switched on. There was a table in front of the dead body and the table contained an opened bottle of poison, a half-filled drinking water bottle, a pen, a newspaper that was opened to pages 9-10, one table top calendar opened at June 20, a 5 rupee coin, and one notebook. One bed was also in the room.

It seems that this person committed suicide."

The question is: How did the inspector know that the report was fake and that the constables did not go to the location of the incident?

  • $\begingroup$ Down voters would like to comment? $\endgroup$ – Mox Shah Apr 1 '15 at 4:49
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    $\begingroup$ I found the puzzle too artificial, like the crucial detail was shoehorned in for the sake of a puzzle without making sense in the context of the story. $\endgroup$ – xnor Apr 12 '15 at 3:29
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor, oh common its purely logical and whatever it is artificial, SO doesn't says we should not ask artificial puzzles. $\endgroup$ – Mox Shah Apr 13 '15 at 4:49
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    $\begingroup$ Don't tell downvoters to comment and then attack their criticism. Protip, if someone takes the time to give you constructive feedback, thank them, and then choose yourself whether to follow it. $\endgroup$ – Lopsy Jun 2 '15 at 11:46
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    $\begingroup$ @MokshShah Lopsy was referring to your rude response to xnor $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 2 '15 at 14:20

I think answer is

pages 9-10 can not be open at same moment

that's the clue that report was fake


Man was Murdered, but, FIR says suicide. Hence, inspector feel fake FIR

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    $\begingroup$ To the downvoter: this answer has correctly identified a loophole in the question: "A man was murdered" is the opening sentence, but the FIR says "It seems that this person committed suicide." $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 2 '15 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor but presumably neither the inspector nor the constables can have read the opening sentence. $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jun 11 '15 at 19:18

The report read:

"A bulb was glowing in the room and the fan was switched on."

Now consider the first line of the question:-

A man was murdered in a village.

The Police Inspector read the report:-

...A bulb was glowing in the room and the fan was switched on.

suspected if there could be electricity at night in a village (especially in India), so he found that the report was fake.

Anyways, @user2408578's is the best but this could be a possible explaination.


I think the answer is:

News paper shows even and odd numbers when opened. In the story it says 9-10 which is incorrect.

Hence fake FIR

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    $\begingroup$ I believe this answer has already been posted before. $\endgroup$ – mmking Jun 11 '15 at 18:34

protected by Aza Jun 11 '15 at 18:38

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