Increasing crimes in areas of Bangalore Rural District, abutting Bangalore city, has prompted the district administration to demand an increase in police personnel in all its stations.

Speaking after reviewing Karnataka Development Programmes at Bangalore Rural Zilla Panchayat here on Wednesday, Labour Minister B.N. Bache Gowda said that stations in the district had on an average about 20 police personnel each, while they required at least 40, on a par with stations in Bangalore.

“Many factors, including real estate boom in these areas, have led to increased crimes. Cases of harassment, rape, assault and so on have seen a rise, with many rowdy elements moving to places in Bangalore Rural from the city,” said Mr. Gowda, speaking after the meeting. “We have asked both the Chief Minister and Home Minister seeking increase in allocation of police personnel.”

On the drought situation, he said that about 50 per cent of the sown ragi crop was likely to fail because there was no timely rain. “Though there is some relief because of late rain, more than half the crop is already lost,” he said.