Under fire for recent instances of brazen crime and sensational robberies in the city, the Chandigarh police released a press note on Wednesday which makes the hard-to-believe claim that the crime rate has actually fallen in the first seven months (till July) this year, against the corresponding figure in 2013.
Apart from the incongruity of the timing, coming just two days after the sensational robbery at a Sector-22 jewellery shop, the police claims ring hollow, as there have been more high-profile crimes cases reported this year which, importantly, remain unsolved months after the registration of the case. The the release on Wednesday also does not specifically compare robbery cases, which have exploded in recent times.
Even if we can believe the claim that the crime rate has come down by 35% this year and detection improved by 30%, there are limitations of the Chandigarh Police that make it very difficult for the force to solve crimes that hurt its image.
For instance, most cases solved by the police are the ones in which mobile phones have been used and its intelligence wing seems particularly ineffective.
LACK OF PROGRESS IN SECTOR-22 ROBBERY JARRING
In Monday’s robbery at Sector-22 jewellery shop, the Chandigarh police got a call at 11:28 am, informing them that there was some kind of blast in which a person was injured. The reaction time of the police was questionable, as till 30 minutes after the call, no one seemed sure of what had happened. Till the police could arrive, the crime scene (shop) had been visited by a number of people, and chances that any clues would remain had turned negligible. The police, has the CCTV footage and other clues to the identity of the robber, yet no progress has been reported.
January 31: A gang of miscreants went on a snatching spree on a three-wheeler.
May 6-8: A snatching every day.
May 16: Three juveniles went on a robbing spree.
July19: Miscreants went on a snatching spree in Sector 49 and five cases reported in two hours.
June 27: A gang of robbers looted 5 lakh cash from the cash van of a nationalised bank at Khuda Ali Sher. The Chandigarh police have still got no headway in the case. The police had recovered the vehicle abandoned by robbers in Sector 4 at Panchkula. The vehicle was also caught on the CCTV cameras as it had passed through Chandigarh and Panchkula.
July 7: The car of a Haryana undersecretary was snatched after he was thrown out of the car near Kurali. The undersecretary Ishwar Singh was abducted, thrashed and thrown out from a moving car on July 7 at about 6 am. The sketches of the accused have also been released. So far, the police have not been able to arrest any of the accused.
SOLVED BY DERA BASSI POLICE
July 23: Members of the Kala Kachha gang had looted around 36,000 and gold ornaments of care takers of three farm houses on the outskirts of Chandigarh and Mohali. Derabassi police nabbed the he accused on August 5.