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Trichy Commissioner - Press Release

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Crimes against women and property offences within the city limits had decreased in 2012, Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav said on Monday.

Crimes against women including rape, molestation, sexual harassment, dowry harassment and kidnapping of women and girls had decreased by 10 per cent in 2012 compared to the previous year.

Barring nine cases which were treated as “mistake of facts”, the city police had detected the rest of the cases booked under different heads pertaining to crimes against women, Mr. Yadav said.

As against 104 cases pertaining to crimes against women registered in 2011, the number of cases booked in 2012 was 95 including seven rape and 39 sexual harassment cases.

Acknowledging that chain snatching incidents had “slightly increased” in the city, the Commissioner told reporters that law enforcers were treating them as robbery cases.

The overall crime rate had declined by 24 per cent within the city limits, he said attributing it to better crime control mechanism, good response time, and detention of many anti-social elements under the Goondas Act.

A total of 349 property crime cases, including 42 burglaries and 56 robberies, were reported in 2012 against 524 cases in the previous year, he said, adding that the percentage of detection and recovery rate was 87 and 75 respectively. The value of stolen property recovered was Rs.1.5 crore in 2012, while the value of property loss was Rs.2.02 crore.

The police had detected 22 out of 24 murder cases reported in 2012 with one of them – the case of murder of K.N. Ramajayam, brother of former minister K.N. Nehru, having been transferred to Crime Branch CID, he said highlighting the performance of the police.

There was no murder for gain case in 2012 as against two cases in the previous year which were yet to be detected. He said 84 anti-social elements were detained under the Goondas Act and fresh history sheets were opened against 47 persons.

Land grabbing cases

A total of 21 land grabbing cases were booked and 43 persons arrested. Property worth Rs.27.9 crore was restored to the respective owners, Mr. Yadav said.

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