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Over 29,000 suicides in State

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 5 . A total of 6,605 persons have been reported missing in the State — 2,758 were men, 2,981 women and 866 children — since the present Government took over, the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, informed the Assembly today in reply to questions.

As many as 104 of the missing persons have been confirmed to be dead, 26 of them being women, 72 men and six children.

As many as 1,211 unidentified bodies were found, out of which 112 bodies were those of women, 1,074 of men and 23 children. Apart from this, two skeletons were also found. Investigation had revealed that 25 of the victims had been murdered.

A total of 570 persons were kidnapped, out of which 211 were women, 160 children and 199 men. A total of 29,419 suicide cases have been recorded during the period. There were a total of 1,366 rape cases and 34 sex racket cases, including one in which a policeman was involved.

During the same period, 11 persons were killed in goonda attacks in the State, eight of these in district centres. A total of 39,151 cases of goonda attacks were registered in the last three years and 47,269 persons arrested.

There were a total of 38 political murders and 42 cases of attacks on mediapersons, including 19 cases of assault. A total of 36 persons belonging to the SC/ ST communities were murdered during the period.

A total of 28,365 theft cases and 4.52 lakh crime cases were registered. The thefts resulted in a total loss of Rs.13.38 crores to trade establishments, Rs.13.37 crores to householders, Rs.11.29 crores to private establishments and Rs. 53.05 lakhs to banks. Stolen goods worth Rs.18.32 crores and gold totalling 7,063.74 gms were recovered. As many as 999 places of worship had been burgled.

Six persons had died in police custody and there were three cases of lockup beatings. Cases have been registered against 10 policemen in this connection, but charge-sheets have not been filed yet in any of the cases.

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