With security of city residents in mind, the police have arrested 90 habitual offenders as a preventive measure and have sent them to jail on judicial remand. The police claimed that incidents of snatchings and loot have dropped to an extent with these arrests.
The police have shortlisted 100 habitual offenders out of 700 and have initiated a manhunt to apprehend them. The police officials said the police would apprehend all 100 offenders very soon and will send them to jail.
The police officials said, "Crimes like snatchings and loot occuring in market and other public places used to create panic in public. To make the public feel secure, the police have taken this initiative and nabbed the offenders before the Republic Day."
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said the police had scanned an inventory of 700 habitual offenders and shortlisted 100 that were aggressive and used to indulge in criminal activities immediately after coming out from the jail.
"The police have already arrested around 90 habitual offenders under Section 110 (security for good behaviour from habitual offenders) and 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and have set a target to nab all 100. The police stations concerned, of the areas where the accused used to live, have been asked to arrest them," said the DCP. "With the arrests, the city has witnessed a drop in incidents of snatchings and loot," he added.