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Score: Arms Act-19; total-82

WHILE CTICKET fans are keenly following the score of the matches in the India-West Indies series, police in the capital are keeping tabs on their ?score?, even more frantically.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 15:31 IST

WHILE CTICKET fans are keenly following the score of the matches in the India-West Indies series, police in the capital are keeping tabs on their ‘score’, even more frantically.

As part of its drive against criminals in urban areas of the state, the district police are almost in an overdrive to catch the offenders and put them behind the bars to boost the score of arrests in their areas of jurisdiction.

Ironically, the emphasis seems to be on boosting the number of arrests than catching the habitual offenders or the hardened criminals who are absconding.

The following two examples will show the kind of action that is mostly taken in the capital to boost the figure of arrests: Gamblers caught with Rs 170 in MP Nagar, Man caught with 16 quarters of liquor in Ashoka Garden.

Besides, 19 persons were arrested from parts of the capital for possessive knife, dagger or sword in the last 24 hours. Ironically, there was no arrest of a person for illegally carrying firearm in the last 24 hours. Insiders say that many arrests are made only to increase the figure because there is pressure on all Station Officers to ‘contribute’ towards raising the figure in the district and show their performance. 

“Neither any big racket nor any criminals’ drug racket was busted during the drive,” says a police officer. “The drive is just an eyewash to please the superiors and mostly it is poor people and petty anti-socials who are rounded up,” he further said, adding “even genuine complaints are not looked into seriously because of pressure.

The number of cases registered in the capital has almost doubled since the drive began and it was a whopping 82 in the last 24 hours. The drive will continue till May 31 and the eye on score in the district police will remain till then.”