Maoist-infested Jharkhand has emerged as one of the country’s most violent states and Ranchi is fast becoming a crime capital, the BJP-led government has admitted in the assembly.
The state has around 18 militant groups, many of them just rag-tag bands of criminals engaged in abduction and extortion, active in 21 of the 24 districts.
The government’s admission came in reply to a question by JVM-P leader Pradeep Yadav in the assembly on Monday.
Yadav had cited reports which said that the state has ranked third in the country with a total of 2,035 murders in 2014 while the state capital has earned a place in the country’s top 10 most crime-ridden cities.
In its written reply, the government said in 2014, the state registered 2,053 cases of murder out of which 222 took place in Ranchi.
However, details of other crimes were not provided.
Sources in the home department said the data was acquired from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which compiles state-specific data.
The NCRB is, however, yet to officially announce the data for 2014.
NCRB’s statistics for 2013 showed 1,630 murders in Jharkhand, behind states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.
In Ranchi, 65 murders were registered in the same period, according to NCRB figures.
On a question of crime control initiatives, the government said top police officials of zones and districts have been directed to intensify police mobility and investigations to control crime.
Yadav’s question was, however, not taken up on the floor of the house for discussion due to other businesses on Monday.
“I will raise the question in the house when it takes up questions on home department affairs during the ongoing session,” Yadav told Hindustan Times.
Jharkhand police, however, claimed to have started working on the initiatives.
Director general of police (DGP), DK Pandey said that most murder cases in Jharkhand are due to Maoist violence or crimes related to real estate.