MADURAI: The number of accused persons detained under Goondas Act and NSA (National Security Act) among others rose from 171 in 2005 to 418 in 2008, said Inspector General of Police (south zone) Sanjeev Kumar here.
The south zone comprised Madurai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts.
The detentions include accused arrested under the Bootleggers Act and for other grave crimes as well, he told The Hindu.
While Tirunelveli (both city and district) accounted for most number of detentions under the Goondas Act and NSA during the last four years, Tuticorin district had the second highest cases. Ramanathapuram district had no case of Goondas Act detentions in 2005 and 2006 and Dindigul district had eight persons detained in NSA in 2008 alone, he said.
Tirunelveli accounted for almost 40 per cent, where 152 persons (out of 418) were detained under the Goondas Act and eight were detained under the NSA by Tirunelveli city police in 2008.
The Tuticorin police arrested 62 persons in Goondas Act, Kanyakumari district police arrested 29 persons in Goondas Act and two under the NSA, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar said.
The police had detained 171 persons under the Goondas Act in 2005, 174 in 2006, 261 in 2007 and 418 in 2008. “The rise in the number reflected the tough action taken by the police against law offenders” a senior police officer said.
Tough action such as detention under the Goondas Act against habitual offenders had enabled the officers to maintain law and order to a great extent, a few of the Superintendents of Police in the southern districts said.
“It discouraged first time offenders from indulging in crimes”, they asserted.