Last year, which saw the sensational killing of matka king Suresh Bhagat and that of television executive Neeraj Grover by his girlfriend Maria Susairaj and her naval officer friend Jerome Mathew, witnessed a decline in murders over 2007.
Crime statistics accessed by Hindustan Times, days before Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor is to host the annual crime conference, also showed that crime against women rose in Mumbai in 2008.
According to the data, 229 cases of murder were registered in 2007, while 210 were registered in 2008.
However, cases of attempt to murder rose from 115 in 2007 to 132 in 2008.
Gafoor attributed the fall in murder cases to “increased police vigilance, presence and quick response”. But he was at a loss to explain the rise in cases of attempt to murder, falling back on social and psychological reasons.
“When the control room gets a call about a crime, it makes sure the police reach the spot in five to seven minutes. This helped in reducing cases of murders. The response time in the suburbs is a little higher due to reasons like traffic, but we are trying to improve upon that,” said Gafoor.
He said he had taken note of the attempt to murders.
“Most such cases occur due to social pressure, a quest for vengeance between two groups... Often, they occur because of a spur-of-the-moment rage, which is difficult to police,” said Gafoor.