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Rajasthan: Govt, opposition spar over fall in crime rate

Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday informed the Assembly that crime rate has come down in the state, triggering protest from the opposition benches.

jaipur Updated: Mar 03, 2016 15:39 IST
HT Correspondent
Opposition members asserted crime rate fell as FIRs were not lodged in police stations.
Opposition members asserted crime rate fell as FIRs were not lodged in police stations.(HT file photo)

Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday informed the Assembly that crime rate has come down in the state, triggering protest from the opposition benches.

To BJP MLA Banwari Lal Singh’s query during the Question Hour, Kataria said crime rate was down in 2015 by 5.86% from the previous year in Rajasthan. Alwar alone saw crime rate fall by 6.43%, he said.

Crime rate is the ratio of crimes in an area to the population of that area expressed per 1,00,000 people per year.

But opposition members asserted crime rate fell as FIRs were not lodged in police stations. A chaos followed in the House, forcing Speaker Kailash Meghwal to intervene. “Everybody has the right to speak and present views, but rules have to be followed.”

Kataria assured the MLAs that he would respond to their questions. “I will not hide anything, as I have all the details and I have come prepared.” When the Congress MLAs started asking questions, the Speaker said he would not allow supplementary questions.

Congress MLA Pradyuman Singh said there were complaints that police were not lodging FIRs and police acted only after court interventions. Kataria admitted that many FIRs were lodged after court’s intervention but 70% of these FIRs were found baseless.

The Rajasthan government is considering online registration of FIRs and launching the system in a district this year, he said. “It is true that crime patterns are changing. For cybercrime, a team of IT experts at divisional headquarters will be set up... For modernisation of police force, most of the demand will be fulfilled in the state budget,” he said.

When Congress MLA Shakuntla Rawat said two murders were reported in her constituency in a week, Kataria said to control crime, all department promotion committee (DPC) will be set up and 12,000 constables have been selected.

“Once their training is over, they will be appointed,” he said.