The number of murder cases registered with the railway police has doubled in 2011 as compared to last year, statistics from the Mumbai Railway Police Commissionerate reveal.
While 6 murder cases were registered in 2010, the Central and Western lines have recorded 12 murder cases this year.
“The number of murders reported this year has increased. But we are taking several measures to make travel safer for commuters. We intend to increase patrolling to reduce the number of such grievous
crimes reported on railways,” said G S Bhandare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Railway.
In May this year, Nanki Lalmohammad Siddiqui, a 65-year-old woman, was found with her throat slit at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in the ladies compartment of the Kamayani Express. Rs 2,500 was missing from her purse.
The motive in most such cases is robbery, according to the railway police. “We do record cases where people have been murdered due to personal grudges or property issues, where the victim is usually attacked by people known to him. However, most of the times, the motive behind murder is robbery, as in the case of Siddiqui,” added Bhandare.
The railway police say that although the number of murders has increased, the detection rate has also improved.
“In 2010, around 83 per cent of the murders were solved. This year, it went up to 92%. So although there is an increase in the number of cases, you can see an increase in the detection rate as well. We are working on expanding our surveillance network,” said Bhandare.
The statistics revealed that property worth Rs53,970 was stolen during the12 murders recorded this year. Of this, only 14 per cent of the property has been recovered, as against 32 per cent recovered last year.