Mumbai’s north region sees rise in attempt to murder, injuries in 2017
Police officers claim the north region has always been an easy target for offenders owing to the direct getaway points to outside the city limits.mumbai Updated: Jan 30, 2018 10:22 IST
The north region of Mumbai saw more cases of attempt to murder and offences that caused injury to people in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the Mumbai police data.
The region includes Goregoan, Bangur Nagar, Malad, Malwani, Kandivli, Charkop, Borivli, Gorai, MHB Colony, Vanrai, Dindoshi, Aarey, Kurar, Samta Nagar, Kasturba Marg and Dahisar.
While the cases of attempt to murder in 2017 were 51, the number was 38 in 2016. The reports states that 1,218 people were injured as a result of various offences in 2017, much higher than 2016’s 1,039.
The region also saw a rise in thefts to 1,441 in 2017 to 1,216 in 2016. Of the 170 cases of robberies reported in 2017, 141 have been solved. The region saw 105 robberies in 2016, of which 88 were solved.
“The robberies have gone up across the city owing to quick registration of FIRs. Cases of mobile phone-snatching, too, are categorised as robbery,” said Rajesh Pradhan, additional commissioner, north region.
“When a non-cognisable complaint is registered, the offender, too, takes it lightly. Once an FIR is registered, the offender knows his action has severe repercussions.”
According to another officer, the cases of hurt are more in slum areas in the region. Malwani, Kurar, Samta Nagar, Dindoshi and Kandivli, which have large slum pockets, are the top five from the region in this category. “In these areas, petty fights often become violent,” he said.
Dr Sudhakar Pujari, retired ACP, currently practising criminal law, said, “Lack of understanding of law and improper supervision by senior inspectors of police stations are to blame for the rising numbers.”
How the chain of snatchings was broken
From 142 cases in 2016, the north region – Goregaon to Dahisar stretch – of the city saw 44 cases of chain-snatchings in 2017, the Mumbai police data show.
Police officers claim the north region has always been an easy target for offenders owing to the direct getaway points to outside the city limits. The number of chain-snatchings used to be high in MHB Colony, Dahisar, Kurar and Vanrai, owing to the proximity of the highways.
“In 2017, we managed to bring down the numbers by keeping a tab on history-sheeters. We have maintained a dossier on repeat offenders and ensure they are aware of this,” said an officer from the region.
According to the police, keeping track of history-sheeters is showing great results. While one of the repeat offenders has reformed and now works as a mechanic in Thane, another has taken up a job as a salesman. The rest are in jail.
The police have also attributed the drop to Metro construction work, which has restricted the mobility of vehicles and narrowed the roads.
During his tenure, then Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh had issued an order to book chain-snatchers under section 392 (punishment for robbery) as opposed to the earlier section 379 (punishment for theft). Singh had also issued a directive to police stations to apply sections of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), which made it difficult for the accused to get bail.
In 2015, the officials had roped in a biker group to catch chain-snatchers. The MHB and Vanrai police stations had that year registered only one case, while Kurar and Dahisar reported two cases each.