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Crackdown on Basiran’s network has brought crime down in Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, claim cops

Statistics released by police show that registration of crimes such as snatching, theft and molestation at the Sangam Vihar police station till August 15 has seen a 23% decrease from the last year’s corresponding period

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2018 04:45 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Basiram,Sangam Vihar,South Delhi
As a result of the continuous crackdown on bootleggers in Sangam Vihar, police registered 46 cases under Excise Act and arrested over 50 people till August 15 this year.(Sourced)

A crackdown on the illegal businesses of Basiran, including bootlegging coupled with other crime prevention measures taken by the police in the last one year have led to a decline in crimes in Sangam Vihar, one of south Delhi’s most crime-prone residential neighbourhoods, said the Delhi Police.

Statistics released by police show that registration of crimes such as snatching, theft and molestation at the Sangam Vihar police station till August 15 has seen a 23% decrease from the last year’s corresponding period. A total of 394 crime were registered till August 15 last year. The number has come down to 304 this year.

Deputy commissioner of police (South) Romil Baaniya said that since easy availability of illicit liquor and its consumption among teenagers and jobless people was a major factor behind street crimes, several strategic measures were taken to control bootlegging in the area.

“We found that Basiran, her sons, and their associates were the main players in this illegal trade. Our prime focus was on to destabilise her network. A crackdown was started,” said Baaniya.

As a result of the continuous crackdown on bootleggers in Sangam Vihar, police registered 46 cases under Excise Act and arrested over 50 people till August 15 this year. More than 6,200 litres of liquor were seized from them.

Last week, 50 alleged bootleggers had surrendered. “Several discussions with such bootleggers helped us motivate them quit the illegal trade and involve themselves in legal businesses,” said Upender Singh, SHO, Sangam Vihar police station.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 04:45 IST