CYBER CRIMES like blackmail using an obscene MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), the unique theft of Rs 8.45 lakh from a bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM), bomb hoaxes and a spate of loots that culminated in the encounter of notorious criminal Parvat Sapera towards the year-end characterised the crime scenario of Bhopal in 2006.
Suicides of two young and bright army officials from Bhopal, Sushmita Chakraborty and Pankaj Jha in Jammu and Kashmir shocked citizens. It was a year of sex-related crimes and hoaxes, especially in trains.
A teenager, Sumit Tamrakar, was caught for sending an e-mail to a newspaper office after the train blasts in Mumbai, warning of fresh attacks. The police later said he was a prankster and let him off.
Another youth, Shariq, was arrested for sending an e-mail to a television channel after the Mumbai blasts. The Mumbai police interrogated him.
A lawyer was arrested for allegedly sending obscene messages through SMS (short messaging service) to a woman for several months.
The first month of the year witnessed the attack on a Christian prayer assembly in Govindpura in which eight persons, including three priests, were injured.
The murders of Sonal, a student of standard XI, in Nehru Nagar and an elderly couple in their Marwari Road residence sent shockwaves in March. Middle-aged Laxmi Dhar was killed in Govind Garden on April 18.
A ten-year-old girl, Sonu, a resident of Gandhi Nagar here, who had gone to Mumbai to work as domestic help was raped and murdered at her employer’s house in June.
The molestation of a seven-year-old girl in the A/C compartment of the Jabalpur-Bhopal Express also came as a rude shock. There were more such incidents like molestation of a girl in Karnataka Express. Apart from robberies onboard trains, bomb hoaxes in trains kept the police busy.
Bajrang Dal activists went on a rampage in Bairagarh after the murder of their local leader Vinod Thakur on July 17. The MMS scandal in which five youths of Bairagarh were arrested for blackmailing a teenaged girl hit the headlines in August. The youths had also circulated the morphed video clip.
Gangster and mafia don Abu Salem’s companion Monica Bedi was brought to Bhopal to face the trial here and was lodged in jail this year and remained in news for many weeks.
In a unique incident, two persons, including the State chief of a political party, were arrested while allegedly trying to bribe CID chief Vijay Raman in October.
The police were attacked several times in the City during the course of year and BJP workers beat up policemen at the airport during former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani’s visit. In the first week of December, Rs 8.45 lakh were stolen from an ATM at Piplani. The cash was taken away with the help of keys and use of combination code. The Bajrang Dal activists mistreated lovebirds at Manua Bhan ki Tekri the same month.