A whopping 83,000 or 46% of the over 1.76 lakh cases reported in the national capital in the past three and half years remain unsolved, Delhi Police has said.
According to official statistics, a total of 83,166 cases reported since 2008 are yet to be solved, while it has cracked 93,797 so far.
"Around 46% of the cases reported between 2008 and June 30, 2011 remain unsolved," a senior police official said.
While a total of 26,070 cases were reported in the first six months of this year, over 50% of the cases remain to be closed. "While 11,360 cases have been solved, 14,710 cases are yet to be cracked," the official said.
Similar was the trend for last year, when the unsolved cases surpassed the number of solved cases. Out of a total of 51,292 cases reported in 2010, police could only solve 24,702 cases leaving 26,590 cases unsolved.
In 2009, a total of 50,251 cases were reported out of which 27,829 were solved.
The year 2008 appeared to have a better record in terms of solving cases than the others. The year saw a total of 49,350 cases out of which only 19,444 cases remained unsolved.
During the past three-and-half years, a total of 1,34,968 people were arrested, with 2008 topping the list with 43,381, followed by 40,890 the next year. In 2010, the number of those arrested were less at 34,683.
Interestingly, this was the year which saw the maximum number of cases and higher rate of unsolved cases. This year, a total of 16,014 people were arrested.