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Slow investigations, low convictions in city

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 05, 2012
First Published: 02:03 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(5/12/2012)

The city police managed to file charge sheets and initiate trial proceedings in only 45% of cases of serious offence registered between February 2011 and March 2012, says a white paper on the state of policing, released by NGO Praja Foundation on Tuesday.

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Serious offences include murder, rape, kidnapping and causing grievous injury.

It gets worse. Of the 12,296 cases in which trials were completed in 2011, the acquittal rate was 83%, said Nitai Mehta, founder trustee of Praja. “One solution could be to segregate the law and order wing of the police from the investigative wing. A robust investigative wing at each police station will result in higher conviction rates,” Mehta said.

There is also a substantial rise in the number of accidents in 2011-12, the report said.

The white paper published the findings of a survey, according to which 25% of Mumbaiites feel unsafe in the city.

Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police (law and order), said: “I don’t have the statistics at hand to comment on the issues.”


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