Amid debate on the law and order situation in Bihar following the Gaya road rage incident and the murder of a journalist, state police chief on Monday rubbished charges of spurt in crime and pitched figures to prove that it had declined.
“What you (journalists) are saying is not corroborated by crime figures. There is no basis for such perception. Some sensational incidents have taken place but police have taken quick and stern action in those cases,” Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur said.
Thakur was replying to a question on the opposition’s charge that Bihar witnessed a spurt in crimes ever since the Grand Secular Alliance government took over the reins of the state in November last year.
Citing crime figures gathered by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the last two months, Thakur said cognisable offences had witnessed a drop of 14.63% in April and May in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
In April and May, cases of murder decreased by 32.35%, daocity by 45.5%, loot by 16.49%, minor riot by 21.05%, kidnapping for marriage and missing reports of children by 10.8%. Kidnapping for ransom saw the biggest slide in figures by 77.8%, rape by 36.41%, atrocities against SC and ST by 30.74% and atrocities against women by 17.12%, he said.
Asked if ‘Ram Raaj’ prevailed in Bihar, Thakur retorted by saying, “Who told you that there is Ram Raaj in Bihar. Incidents of crime used to take place even in Ram Raaj.”
“Howsoever good law and order situation may be, can people in any part of India go to sleep without locking their doors? We are taking steps to ensure that crime remains under check. The situation is comparatively better,” he said.
To another query on increase in criminal incidents on the directives of some persons in jails, the DGP said such incidents had been noticed earlier also but strict action including inspection of jails was being carried out to check it.
Thakur introduced Ramesh Kedia, brother of Nepal-based businessman Suresh Kedia who was rescued in East Champaran district on May 29, to mediapersons, and said the Bihar police did not have any information with regard to demands for ransom to release the abducted businessman.
Ramesh Kedia was here to thank Bihar police for rescuing his brother, police said.