Monday, December 31, 2007

WARANGAL : Naxal violence declines, other crimes go up

Monday December 31 2007 11:09 IST

K Mahender

WARANGAL: Naxal violence was on the decline but domestic crimes were on the rise during this year in the district.

As any as 862 Naxalites, including Maoists and Naxalites of other groups, were arrested in the district, a stronghold of Maoists. Another 57 Naxalites laid down arms. Interestingly the first case under the newly-introduced Domestic Violence Act in the State was registered in the district.

Of those surrendered, eight were district committee members and 12 were dalam commanders. Nearly 57 weapons and 2,138 rounds of ammunition were also seized.

Briefing mediapersons about the crimes in the district during the year ending, Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra claimed that counselling held for families of Naxalites had led to several of the extremists to lay down arms.

The fall in Naxal activity allowed police to focus on other issues. The first case booked under Domestic Violence Act is in the court. An officer of a private bank, Satish, threw his months-old infant against a wall killing her on the spot. His wife Maheshwari lodged a complaint with the police on her husband under the provisions of the new Act and he was immediately arrested and produced in court.

The cops conducted mega health camps in remote villages, as part of their endeavour to become peoplefriendly. Even rice and clothes were distributed to the families during 2007, she said.

The district is leading others in recovery of property stolen in the district, this year. Nearly 57 per cent of the property stolen was recovered, the SP said.

Significantly, crimes relating to women were on the rise during this year. As many as 1,218 cases were registered against the 1,040 during last year. The crimes included rapes and domestic harassment.

However, the rise does not really mean an increase as even petty crimes were registered following orders to the extent, the SP explained.

Touching upon court cases, the SP said that the number of non-bailable warrants (NBW) pending has reduced to 404 when compared to 1,619 pending last year. Interestingly, all the pending warrants are related to underground Naxalites, she said.

As many as 443 people died and another 2,307 were injured in the 232 road mishaps on national highways, 201 on State highways and 912 on other roads during this year.

The kidnap of 11-year-old Manisha at the end of this year, has drawn criticism against the cops following the death of three main accused in police firing. Of the 137 kidnap cases registered in the district, 135 were found to be false during probe, she said.

Mishra said that Matwada police station was getting ready for the International Standard Organisation (ISO) certification next year. The Department had sent proposals to the government and soon after release of funds, all facilities necessary for the certification will be provided, she said.

A new traffic police station will be set up at Intezar Gunj Mills Colony in addition to the existing three in the city, she added.

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