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‘Drop in heinous crimes in 2018’

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Says Gurugram Police Commissioner K.K. Rao at a press conference

The number of heinous crime cases reported in the current year in Millennium City has gone down compared to the previous year, said Gurugram Police Commissioner K.K. Rao here on Friday.

Figures for cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have gone marginally up but boast 100% work out rate, he said.

Speaking at a press conference here, Mr. Rao claimed that heinous crime cases including murder, rape, dacoity, robbery, theft and burglary had gone down in 2018. He attributed the fall in numbers to increased police presence since he took over six months ago, constant monitoring of criminal activities and increase in efficiency of the police force by way of a fixed eight-hour work day for them.

Though seven more rape cases were reported this year — 139 — as compared to last year, Mr. Rao said 38 cases were found to be false and the FIRs were subsequently quashed. This, he said, effectively brought the number of rape cases down to 101, which is less than the figure for 2017.

“Similarly, 181 cases were registered under the POCSO Act but 12 FIRs were later quashed. In 2017, 140 cases were reported,” he said.

Mr. Rao said 39 fewer accident deaths were reported this year compared to 481 deaths in 2017. He claimed that all major crimes reported during the year, including the rape and murder of a minor girl, and robbery at a jewellery shop, were solved.

He said initiatives such as e-challans and web cameras fitted to the uniforms of traffic personnel gained prominence, bringing transparency. Forty traffic booths were set up with facilities including as beds and washrooms for the comfort of the staff. Mr. Rao said 70 police vehicles were procured through contribution under corporate social responsibility and 25 more vehicles will be added to the fleet, bringing down the response time to the police control room calls.

A total of 973 vehicles were impounded in adherence with the National Green Tribunal orders for action against polluting vehicles. Besides, 13,55, 575 vehicles were challaned or impounded, leading to collection of over ₹23 crore in fines.

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