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Speedy trials and convictions in Bihar

Bihar, in the recent past has witnessed an improvement in law and order with over 20,000 convictions in just 30 months, perhaps the highest in the country.

patna Updated: Oct 29, 2008 10:19 IST

Bihar, in the recent past has witnessed an improvement in law and order with over 20,000 convictions in just 30 months, perhaps the highest in the country.

According to official sources, 25,755 criminals were convicted during the past two and half years because of speedy trials.

While 6,839 anti-social elements were convicted in 2006, the figure for year 2007 stood at 9,853 with the number of convictions till September this year being 9,063.

September witnessed almost 12 per cent increase with 1,511 convictions, while 1,348 were convicted the preceding month, sources said.

Of those convicted in September, three were awarded capital punishment, 278 life imprisonment, 65 to 10 years imprisonment and the remaining 1,165 less than 10 years imprisonment, the sources said.

Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar topped the list of convictions followed by Patna fast track courts.

Bihar police solved a number of cases and had some high profile accused convicted through fast track courts during the past 30 months of the NDA government, the sources added.