Not just accidents, crime, too, on rise on Bihar highways
As many as 360 incidents of road robbery were reported in Bihar between January 1 and April 30 this year. Of these, Patna recorded 40 incidents of road robbery. At 19, Patna recorded the maximum number of road dacoities.Updated: Jul 05, 2017 14:02 IST
National highways and state highways in Bihar are not only prone to accidents, but also vulnerable to criminal activities.
What is alarming is that crime on highways does not wait for darkness to fall. It happens even during daylight — with impunity — raising serious questions about security and safety measures.
Statistics compiled by the State Crime Records Bureau reveals that Patna topped the list of road robbery incidents as also road dacoity in the past four months. The difference between robbery and dacoity is in the number of criminals involved in the crime - the latter involving five or more persons.
As many as 360 incidents of road robbery were reported in the state between January 1 and April 30 this year. Of these, state capital Patna recorded 40 incidents of road robbery, followed by Muzaffarpur (26), Rohtas and Saran (19 each), Gaya (15), Saharsa and Purnia (14 each).
At 19, Patna recorded the maximum number of road dacoities.
Bihar recorded 1,081 highway robberies and 191 dacoities in 2012. The figures in 2013 were 1281 robberies and 240 dacoities. For 2014, these were 1347 robberies and 264 dacoities. As many as 1195 robberies and 175 dacoities were recorded in 2015. In 2016, 1119 cases of road robberies and 169 of road dacoities were lodged with different police stations of the state.
National highways (NHs) passing through Patna, Rohtas, Gaya, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Sitamarhi have been identified as most crime prone. Over two dozen drivers and cleaners have also lost their lives in highway crimes since January 2016.
Road robbers, who have spread their tentacles in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, looted goods worth over Rs 2 crore in Bihar between January 2016 and June 30.
Alarmed over the spurt in the incidents of crime on NHs passing through Bihar, the police headquarters have asked superintendents of police in the districts concerned to intensify patrolling on vulnerable roads. ADG (headquarters) Sanjiv Kumar Singhal said instructions had been issued to all SSPs/SPs to intensify patrolling on national highways.
“Many criminal gangs involved in highway crime have been busted in the recent past. There is need to intensify patrolling on busy roads,” he said, adding that additional vehicles had been provided to districts for carrying out round-the-clock patrolling on highways.
Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj told HT, “Police are preparing data on loot cases and have initiated a fresh operation to combat the crime. Policemen are also taking help of CCTV footages to catch criminals and even upload such films on social networking sites for assistance.