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Refuting claims that a spate of crimes in the recent past has come to haunt the city police, the DIG (Tiruchi Range) and the City Police Commissioner (in charge), Sunil Kumar Singh, asserted an across the board decrease in crimes on all major fronts and a significant improvement on detection and recovery in the past five years.
Mr. Singh told The Hindu that a total of 519 cases relating to property offences have been registered in the city limits during last year. During 2002, it was 638 and the year before it was 621.
Out of the 519 cases registered last year, 270 ended in conviction during the same year itself while detection was 92 per cent and recovery was at 84 per cent. The value of recovered property was to the tune of Rs.70 lakhs out of the property lost, which was put at Rs. 83.45 lakhs.
There was a considerable decrease in the number of housebreakings and burglaries, going by the data available with the city police.
While there were 62 burglaries in the city last year, the major thefts last year was the lowest in the past five years. On the grave crimes front, detection in grave property offences was to the tune of 77 per cent and recovery 85 per cent. There were 22 grave crimes during the year. The value of recovered property in grave crimes was to the tune of Rs.37.72 lakhs out of Rs.44 lakhs lost.
Mr. Singh said there were 14 murders during the year the lowest in five years and the police have been able to solve 12 of them. Significant progress was being made in the murder of the Srirangam medical distributor and son-in-law of the former High Court judge, A. Raman.
The murder of the Orissa businessman at a star hotel here and the circumstances surrounding the murder, the attitude of relatives of the deceased in cooperating with the investigators, the alleged `shady dealings' of the victim have added to the mystery.
Though the Commissioner would not concede, the two high profile murders are baffling the police who are faced with increasingly complex cases. Mr. Singh said there were 18 per cent less offences against human body in the city when compared to the situation last year.
Similarly, there was no case of dowry death last year while the number of other crimes against women has come down to 103 in 2003 from 176 the year before.
A total of 396 non-bailable warrants were executed, of which 125 were pending for over a year, while only 66 are pending, Mr. Singh said. There were 53 detentions under major laws including seven under the National Security Act, one under COFEPOSA and 38 under the Goondas Act.
Insisting that the city police were able to contain crimes in the city to a great extent, Mr. Singh said police would continue their drive against rowdy elements and history-sheeters. He claimed that it was dint of hard work and no slice of fortune that went into the endeavours of the police.
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