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Car thefts major concern for cops

Cases of vehicle theft, attempt to murder, dacoity on rise; marginal dip in crime against women.

gurgaon Updated: Dec 26, 2012 01:42 IST
HT Correspondent

A spurt in crimes kept the Gurgaon police department on its toes all through 2012. The year was a mixed bag of achievements and failures for the men in khaki.

Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu, who has been promoted to the rank of additional director general of police (ADGP), released this year's crime data on Tuesday.

Going by the official data, the city witnessed a sharp increase in cases of vehicle theft, attempt to murder, dacoity and carjacking.

Several cases of carjacking, involving criminals from Mewat and Uttar Pradesh, not only kept city residents on tenterhooks but also gave sleepless nights to the police.

As against 2,700 cases of vehicle thefts, nearly 3,000 cases of carjacking were reported with an average of over eight vehicles being targeted in a day.

"With huge rise in the number of private cars, including luxury vehicles, the city is turning into a golden goose for carjackers who targeted victims in broad daylight in busy markets and on prominent roads," said Gurgaon police commissioner Sindhu.

The police claimed to have solved 439 carjacking cases this year.

However, more than 80% of the 2,924 cases of vehicle thefts are yet to be solved.

On the other hand, cases of murder and burglary dipped. Likewise, a marginal decrease was registered in cases of rape and kidnapping in the city.

While releasing the yearly report, Sindhu claimed that the police had clamped down heavily on criminals and had busted various gangs.

Sindhu said the police had also busted 52 notorious gangs from Mewat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other parts of Haryana this year.

Official data further claims that while 15 wanted criminals were nabbed, a total of 309 cases involving major crimes like rape and murder were solved.

"Compared to last year, the figures of snatching and murder cases were nearly the same in 2012 - 156 to 131 and 85 to 80, respectively. This year, the police recovered 160 illegal weapons compared to the last year's figure of 60. We also managed to solve 29 cases of attempt to murder," said Sindhu.

"Our teams did tremendous work throughout the year and busted all major gangs and arrested many wanted criminals. The arrest of criminals with illegal weapons is a major achievement," he added.

The cases of attempt to murder increased from 57 in 2011 to 64 this year, while dacoity and robbery cases rose from 85 in 2011 to 113 this year.

Meanwhile, the July 18 carnage at the Manesar-based plant of Maruti Suzuki scarred the image of the Gurgaon police.

The violence that ensued saw a senior executive being burned to death, while several others, including two Japanese officials, were injured in the violence by workers.

The Gurgaon police were also under fire for the shoddy investigation carried out by them in the BMW hit-and-run case.

Though a special investigating team (SIT) was constituted to probe the case, it did not shed much light on it. The city was also rocked by the Reebok scam.

Though the matter was being investigated by the Gurgaon police, it was later transferred to the crime branch.