Over the past two years, 1,330 crimes have been reported across seven districts in the region in which the accused has not even been named and identified.
So, any progress in investigation of these cases can only be by luck than design and have thus been classified as untraceable.
Data procured by HT for police stations across the Bathinda zone of Inspector General of Police (IGP) shows that such cases have become a major cause of concern. There are seven districts under the zone.
Of the cases, as many as 895 cases were registered from January to December 2012 and 442 in the corresponding period in 2013.
However, even as the number of untraceable cases has decreased to about half, the total number still remains a cause of worry. This raises a question mark over the functioning and efficiency of the police.
Bathinda tops the the list with 235 and 111 untraceable cases respectively in 2012 and 13, followed by Ferozepur with 202 and 95 such cases, Fazilka 160 and 45 cases, Muktsar 114 and 34 cases, Moga 93 and 48 cases, Faridkot 47 and 86 cases and Mansa with 44 and 23 such cases in these two years respectively.
To be fair to the police, if the pressure of solving a blind nameless case was not enough, the department also gets its share of false complaints. As many as 235 fake complaints were received by the district administration, where the complaint was found to be a frivolous one.
IGP Bathinda Zone, Paramraj Singh Umranangal, said that the police was adopting a scientific way to track such cases and these had been divided into different time intervals.
"The number of cases lying untraceable for over a considerable time period is very low. The majority of these untraceable cases will also be solved soon."