The Chandigarh Police seem to be on the back foot when it comes to nabbing proclaimed offenders (POs). Data available suggest that more than 2,700 POs are dodging the police. Last year the number was around 2,600.
The police claim to arrest around 15 to 20 POs every month. This year as many as 161 POs have been arrested. Last year, 262 fugitives were arrested, and in 2012 as many as 122 were apprehended. The data also indicate that the number of POs has gone up drastically. While they stood at around 840 in 2006, the number went up to 1,217 in 2007 and further increased to 1,824 in 2009.
These fugitives are mostly wanted in cases, including forgery, cheque bounce, cheating, theft, robbery and gambling, and also those registered under the Excise Act.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), central, Ashish Kapoor, who is incharge of proclaimed offenders cell, UT Police, said, “We have recently arrested five proclaimed offenders. A proper database of POs is prepared and we put in intensive efforts to nab them.”