Be it murder, rape, pick pocketing or theft, the detection rate of Mumbai Police has drastically fallen as compared to last year

JAYPRAKASH S. NAIDU Mumbai

It wonalt39t be wrong if one says that the Mumbai Police have com

menced their work on a bad note this year. In 2012 till April, the detection rate has drastically come down in cases of motor vehicle theft, murder, attempt to murder, rape, pick pocketing, theft, hurt, housebreaking/ theft ( HBT) night and other IPC cases as compared to the detection rate of 2011 till April. Ironically, in January 2012 the entire top brass at a press conference had promised the public to crack down on motor vehicle thefts, which has not happened either.

” Mostly, stolen motor vehicles are used in election rallies like the 2012 BMC elections. So in 2011, the cases had risen. This year it is one of our top priorities,” said one of the top cops at the annual crime conference in January this year.

However, the detection rate of motor vehicle theft has

gone down from 18 per cent in Jan- April 2011 to 14 per cent in Jan- April 2012.

Another worrying factor for the general public is the ever- increasing unrecoverable ( black) money in the white- collar crimes – Economic Offences Wing ( EOW) crimes – which can possibly be used for anti- social and anti- national activities.

Former Police Commissioner, Sanjeev Dayal, in 2011, had stated that prevention and detection of EOW crimes is alt39 top priorityalt39, but the present day statistics tells you a completely different story.

The Economic Offences wing this year till April, have alt39 detectedalt39 all the cases, but the recovery part seems to be the bane of their lives.

In 2012 till April, they registered

registered 51 cases and claimed to have alt39 detectedalt39 all of them, but they could only recover a mere Rs 7,43,927, while a whooping Rs 385.09 crore remains unrecoverable.

In 2010, the total registered cases involved Rs 335 crore, but in 2011 it rose to as much as Rs 872 crore.

When asked for a comment via SMS, the top brass of the Mumbai Police – Arup Patnaik ( Police Commissioner) and Rajnish Seth ( Joint Commissioner, law & order) – did not respond while Himanshu Roy ( Joint commissioner of police, crime) replied that he was busy.

Efforts of the correspondent to meet Arup Patnaik and Rajnish Seth even during the official visiting hours did not bear fruit.

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