Also preparing to handle fake credit card cases
CHENNAI: The police will gear up suitably in 2010 to tackle cyber crimes, which turned out to be a major challenge for the force this year, according to Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran.
Addressing reporters at his office in Egmore on Wednesday, Mr. Rajendran said that the police are also preparing themselves to handle fake credit card cases, which rose this year.
In 2009, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) that deals with such cases registered as many as 670 cases until November. A total of 470 persons had been arrested and properties worth Rs.4.2 crore were recovered.
“A fake credit card production racket was busted this year. The kingpin of the gang has been identified and we will soon apprehend him,” Mr. Rajendran said.
The Commissioner said that until November 5,174 cases under the Indian Penal Code, 56,474 cases under the CrPC and over 60,000 cases under the Madras City Police Act were registered. “A total of 2,079 property offences, involving Rs.12.55 crore, were registered. Of this, properties worth Rs.8.89 crore were recovered. An inter-State gang of thieves was apprehended by our team when the culprits attempted to rob a newly opened jewellery store in Vellore,” he said.
Mr. Rajendran said that the city witnessed 86 murders until November this year compared to 105 in 2008. There were also ten cases of ‘murder for gain’ in 2009 and all were solved. “A total of 542 persons have been booked under the Goondas Act. As many as 350 new history-sheets on offenders were created this year while 40 sheets have been closed,” he said.
Apart from these, 74 cases of grave burglary, 109 cases of major thefts, 299 cases of chain-snatching and 375 cases of vehicle thefts were registered this year.
Safety of working women
Earlier, Mr. Rajendran held a meeting with over 100 working women who voiced various problems they face, including on public transport and sexual harassment at workplace. Following the meeting, the Commissioner said that he would take up with the State government the need to revive the committee to investigate cases of sexual harassment at workplace, formed as per the directions of the Supreme Court in 1997 in the Vishaka judgment.
“We have also decided to provide voluntary training on self-defence to working women and an Assistant Commissioner of Police has already been nominated for the task,” Mr. Rajendran said.
An additional 12,000 police personnel apart from those in the regular force will be deployed to monitor and regulate revellers on New Year’s eve.
There will be heavy police presence on the stretch from Napier Bridge to Muttukadu and places of congregation like temples, bus stops and railway stations.
“Police will go tough on two issues — drunk driving and misbehaving in public places,” Mr.Rajendran said.
Parking of vehicles will be permitted only on the inner road of the Marina Beach and special parking regulations will temporarily come into effect at Elliots Beach.