Crime rate declines by 5.43 pc under Minor and Preventive Acts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2017 10:16:04

Staff Reporter,


Jan 3,

A combination of inversely proportional actions initiated under Minor and Preventive Acts helped Raipur district to register a decline of 5.43 percent crime in year 2016. Raipur, the Capital city under Raipur Police Range, which also happens to be the hub of all political and administrative powers, in year 2016 recorded lowest 7,540 offences registered under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in comparison to 7,973 and 8,229 cases registered in year 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Most importantly, Raipur district police also saw its emergence as a unified, tech-savvy and crime-busting team, as they synergised together to crack several heinous crimes, including some of the trickiest and high-profile cases that at certain point of time in bygone year earned brickbats from various sections of the society in the State.

Heinous offences like murder, attempt for murder, rapes and kidnapping took a dive this year, whereas property related offences like thefts and house-breakings also noted an encouraging downfall this year. Although, incidents of robbery went up to record six such incidents in 2016 as compared to 5 and 2 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Raipur Police registered all-time high 368 and 1,638 offences under Arms Act and Excise Act, which according to some top officials were effective and deterring measures that helped to contain the crime and criminals throughout the year 2016.

The tit-bits behind the success as well as failure of Raipur Police on multiple fronts of its battle against crime, which accounted for a relatively peaceful 2016 in comparison to previous years, could be attributed to Public Private Partnership Policing (PPPP).

Such a feeling was derived from a detailed and well-explained power point presentation by Raipur Range Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pradeep Gupta, who on Tuesday chaired the annual crime review meeting of the range at Police Transit Mess. A comparative crime analysis of past three years from 2014 to 2016 was also presented by the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of all five districts under Raipur Range Police, including Raipur, Baloda Bazaar, Dhamtari, Mahasamund and Gariaband. Raipur SP Dr Sanjiv Shukla, Baloda Bazaar SP Shaikh Arif Husen, Mahasamund SP Neha Champawat, Gariaband SP Jitendra Meena and Dhamtari Additional Superintendent of Police Kamleshwar Prasad Chandel presented the year-wise comparative report of crime scenario and preventive action to contain the graph. The SPs also threw light over their elaborate work plan for the year 2017.

Later, the Raipur Range IG Pradeep Gupta in his interaction with the media persons informed that over 4000 people took part in ‘Mission Secure City’ under which more than 12000 CCTV cameras have been installed in various cities and towns of the five district under the police range. “The Mission Secure City was conceived for Raipur Range after the idea of CCTV installation at public places during my sting as Durg Range IG evoked an overwhelming success. The mission in Raipur Range Police has been launched on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and everyday lots of people are teaming up with police to be part of the project,” the IGP maintained.

IG Gupta asserted that the CCTV footages have tremendously helped the police force of all five districts under range to crack the scenes. “In a bid to reach out to the masses directly and promote the concept of civic-oriented policing, we too have launched Facebook pages, apart from the mandatory directives issued to all the City Superintendents of Police (CSPs) and Station House Officers (SHOs) for visiting residential colonies and interacting with the local residents to build up social bond,” he added.

The Range IG further averred that he has plans to introduce city Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) to improve chaotic traffic scenario. Soon the ‘e-challans’ will be issued to traffic offenders. The new e-challans will have the video clippings and picture of the offenders, which would help to enforce the traffic laws effectively. “Plans are also on anvil to introduce Skill Development program for the constabularies so that they turn tech-savvy, apart from learning the basic know-how of IT and social media platforms,” he disclosed.
The IGP, however, asserted that public awareness was most needed to counter ATM frauds and other tech-related offences. Raipur’s ASP (Crime) Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh, ASP (City) Vijay Agrawal, Civil Lines (CSP) Sanjay Dhruw and several other officials were also present.