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Police cop out, blame migrants for rising crimes in eastern Mumbai

More than half the murder, attempt to murder and assault cases have occurred in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, Mankhurd and other slum pockets

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2018 14:15 IST

The eastern region in Mumbai witnessed a 3% rise in first information reports (FIRs) to 7,419 in 2017 from 7,218 in 2016, while murder and attempt to murder cases fell, according to the police data.

The region — which includes Ghatkopar, Pant Nagar, Parksite, Mulund, Bhandup, Shivaji Nagar, Chembur and Tilak Nagar — is one of the most densely populated areas in Mumbai, and houses a large number of migrants.

The area registered the most attempt to murder bids and stood second in assault cases.

The police in this region registered 26 murder cases in 2017 against 34 in 2016. The region also saw 65 attempt to murder cases in 2017 against 76 the previous year. However, assault cases marginally jumped to 1,140 in 2017 from 1,097 in 2016.

Police said more than 50% of murder, attempt to murder and assault cases occurred in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, Mankhurd, Ghatkopar (West) and other slum pockets. A police officer blamed migrant population for serious crimes in the region.

Experts differed.

“I disagree that crime is because of migrant population in the area. Mumbai is not the only place where people are migrating to. It is happening everywhere. People are migrating because they want to have a better life. Police cannot just blame them for crimes. The real cause for crimes is less fear of law,” says Milind Mhaske of NGO Praja Foundation, who lives in Mulund.

Mhaske, who lives in Mulund, said, “If the crime rate is not going down then the trend must be investigated seriously. Rule of law is important. If people are still getting away after committing crime then the crime growth will always be the same and won’t come down. Police have to discourage people from breaking law. The conviction rate, pendency, and the time taken to deliver justice to the complainant, still lots have to be done in these fields. Even though, the conviction rate is now slightly started coming up in recent years, police still need to do more on measures they can take to improve the conviction, then only there will be fear of law and criminals would be deterred.”

Additional commissioner of police (East) region Lakhmi Gautam said, “The rate of growth of crime in the region is marginal and more cases also reflect more registration of cases by police. We have been ensuring that offences are registered as they are, rather than minimising them and registering NCs. Not allowing burking of complaints and not allowing minimising crime at any cost is our priority area.”

Gautam added, “We have been succeeded in keeping the crime under control by ensuring prompt respond to situations, immediate action on the offenders and taking multiple preventive actions on the anti-social elements having potential to break law.”

Chain snatching, pickpocketing, rape and molestation case dipped in 2017.