FOR THE Bhopal police, the better part of 2006 was like a bad dream. Dacoities and loots in all corners of the City kept law enforcers on their toes.
The unusually high number of dacoities struck fear in citizens as dacoities were committed in almost every major part of the City. The dacoits targeted businessmen, a farmer, a builder apart from retired and serving bureaucrats.
With the arrest of the Bangladeshi gang in October, the cops heaved a sigh of relief. Incidents of chain-snatchings were a big headache for the police till the year-end.
Besides a perceptible dip in fatal accidents — a cause of concern for the last couple of years — less number of murders this year as compared to last year came as a big comfort for the police.
In 2006, Bhopal recorded 9 dacoities and 144 loots compared to 5 dacoities and 110 robberies in 2005, thus registering 30% rise in number of loots compared to the corresponding year.
The number of murders went down from 76 (2005) to 63 this year. As far as deaths in mishaps are concerned, the figure had gone up to 210 last year.
But 2006 witnessed a decline in accidental deaths. The figure came down to nearly 170. In terms of percentage, the drop is significant — down by 24%..
SP Anant Kumar Singh said that the police succeeded in detecting all the nine dacoities apart from cracking most of the blind murders. “We had 18 such blind murders out of which 15 were solved.” Singh said the figure of loots (robberies) that touched a high this year had “25% cell phone snatchings and 40% chain snatchings.
Nearly 70% loots were solved,” he added. Among the murder cases that could not be cracked include the murder of a watchman at Centre Point at Jehangirabad, a woman’s killing at Misrod and a murder at Koh-e-Fiza.
Among other heinous crimes, the cases of rape also went down this year. The figure for last year was 79 and it came down to 67 in 2006. Similarly, 125 cases of dowry harassment were recorded in 2005 as compared to 107 this year.