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Overall crime rate dips in city

Staff Reporter

However, cyber crimes, smuggling and use of drugs increase


HYDERABAD: The overall crime rate in Hyderabad dipped this year compared to the previous year while the cases of cyber crimes, smuggling and use of drugs, snatchings and kidnaps for ransom went up.

From five cases in 2009, 46 cyber crime cases were registered by the newly-created Cyber Crime Police Station of the Hyderabad Detective Department.

The spurt in registration of cyber crimes was natural as number of people using Internet was rising constantly while formation of specific police station to deal with the cases encouraged victims to approach the police, Hyderabad Police Commissioner, A.K. Khan, said on Wednesday.

Trial of six cyber crime cases registered in 2006 and 2007 is on while investigation of other cases booked subsequently is in different stages. Seven international drug rackets involving foreigners were busted this year. Twelve other cases connected to sale of ganja and narcotic substances were registered leading to arrest of 33 persons. Ganja weighing 93.7 kg and 210 grams of cocaine, 200 grams of charas and 11 kilos of Khat leaves were seized.

Notwithstanding efforts of police, snatchings went up considerably from 406 in 2009 to 451 this year. The Commissioner maintained, however, police caught 324 persons in these cases this year compared to 248 the previous year.

Kidnaps for ransom too rose considerably from 107 in 2009 to 120 this year. However, cases of murders, robberies, house burglaries and cheating declined.

While properties worth Rs. 3.04 crore were stolen last year, the total value of properties stolen this year was Rs. 2.80 crore. However, the 31.32 percentage recovery of stolen property this year was much less compared to the 56.51 percentage witnessed the previous year.

Three terrorist modules were busted by police with the arrest of Shaik Khaja, who associated with Harkatul Jihadi Islami, Mohd. Zia-ul-Haq, a Lashkar-e-Tayaba operative and Viquar Ahmed alias Viqaruddin of Tahreek Galba-e-Islami, this year.

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