Monday, November 29, 1999

Crime rate down in Jammu zone: Police

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Contesting the claim of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that incidents of crime have sharply increased in Jammu region and there was nexus between police and gangs, the Jammu and Kashmir police today said that the crime rate has sharply dipped in the region.Quoting figures, a police spokesman said that as against 427 and 465 murder cases reported in the zone in 2001 and 2002 respectively, only 133 and 123 such offences were reported in 2008 and 2009. During first five months of this year, only 34 murders were committed, he said.Opposition PDP Chief Mehboba Mufti had alleged at a press conference yesterday that Jammu has turned into a haven for organised crime and land mafia under the patronage of politicians and there was an increase in incidents of land grabbing and drug addiction.As against 720 attempt to murder cases in 2001, the incidents were reduced to 276 in 2009 and 114 during five months of this year, he said adding, as against 14 dacoities reported in 2002 and 10 in 2007, the number came down to just one in last year.While 20 robberies were reported in 2001 and 23 in 2003, the number was six in 2009 and one this year so far.Similarly, incidents of burglaries, stabbing, assault on public servants and Arms Act have registered a sharp decline during past one decade, he said. However, the number of theft cases remained the same -- over 400 from 2001 to 2009.Police have started police-public meeting, registration of FIR and complaints through SMS service, close supervision and effective action against bad elements and organised gangs, the spokesman said.In the past one year, police have acted tough against land grabbers and vacated about 1000 kanals (125 acres) of land from encroachers, he said.During recently held crime review meetings of all Station House Officers (SHOs) of rural and city police stations and supervisory officers of Jammu district, IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta had issued instructions to give more thrust on pro-active policing by taking prevention action suo moto, launching special drives against organized crime and immediate response to public complaints.

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