Editorial: Crime beat

Posted on   5:50 pm

The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, which released on Monday, has thrown light on various things. It said over 50 lakh cases of cognisable crimes were registered across the country in 2017 — an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2016 when 48 lakh FIRs were lodged.

Murder cases registered a decline of 5.9 per cent in 2017. As many as 28,653 killings were recorded in 2017, down from 30,450 in 2016, the NCRB report said. ‘Disputes’ (7,898 cases) were the motive in the maximum number of murder cases, followed by ‘personal vendetta or enmity’ (4,660) and ‘gain’ (2,103), it stated. Cases of kidnapping and abduction saw a nine per cent increase in 2017, with 95,893 cases registered against 88,008 in 2016.

”A total of 1,00,555 (23,814 male and 76,741 female) victims were reported kidnapped or abducted, out of which 56,622 (14,296 male and 42,326 female) victims were children and 43,933 (9,518 male and 34,415 female) victims were adults during 2017,” the data stated.

The NCRB data showed 9,89,071 cases of offences affecting the human body, including 1,42,794 cases of death by negligence and 86,001 of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, were registered.

It also said with registration of over three lakh FIRs, Uttar Pradesh topped the crime list in the country, followed by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi.

Overall, 30,62,579 cases were registered across the country in 2017, up from 29,75,711 in 2016 and 29,49,400 in 2015, according to the annual data. UP, also the most populous state, registered 3,10,084 cases during the year and had the highest share of 10.1 per cent in the country, it stated. The data showed an upward trend for straight third year in UP, which had recorded 2,82,171 cases in 2016 and 2,41,920 in 2015.

The NCRB, under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, is responsible for collecting and analysing crime data as defined by the Indian Penal Code and special and local laws in the country.

The annual crime data for 2017 has been released after a delay of more than a year. It’s time for all stakeholders including the Central and the State governments to take note of the report and initiate steps to bring down crimes.

33 held in funeral procession violence in Mumbai

Posted on   5:14 pm

Mumbai Police have booked nearly 200 people and arrested 33 of them for allegedly attacking policemen and damaging vehicles during the funeral procession of a man who committed suicide after being unable to trace his teen daughter, an official said on Wednesday.

Luxury car seller Big Boy Toyz to expand

Posted on   5:04 pm

Big Boy Toyz, which sells pre-owned luxury and super luxury cars including Rolls Royce, Ferrari and BMW, is entering new segments and plans to expand sales network as it looks to tide over the impact of slowdown in auto sales, a top company official said.

Infosys recovers lost ground; rises over 1 pc

Posted on   4:59 pm

Shares of Infosys on Wednesday bounced back, rising over 1 per cent, after a massive selloff in the previous session on concerns over a whistleblower complaint against the company’s top executives. The scrip gained 1.28 per cent to Rs 651.55 on the BSE.

Al-Qaeda offshoot wiped out from Kashmir: DGP

Posted on   4:58 pm

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed is trying to coordinate with other groups in Kashmir to carry out attacks, Jammu and Kashmir’s police chief said today, while announcing that the Al Qaeda’s offshoot, the Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, has been wiped out from the Valley.

Mettur dam reaches its full capacity

Posted on   4:54 pm

Mettur dam today reached its full reservoir level (FRL) for the third time this year. Water inflow in the dam has increased from 16,239 cusec to 25,000 cusec and 22,500 cusec surplus water has been released this morning from Stanley reservoir in Salem.

SIDBI awards performers in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Posted on   4:53 pm

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the apex financial institution engaged in the promotion, financing and development of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), acknowledged the achievements of MSEs and recognized the efforts of lenders who have taken illustrative steps for easing access to finance in this sector.