Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha Government is making tall claims of taking proactive measures to put a check on rising crimes in the state, a committee report of the Home Department reveals the ground reality.
As per a report tabled in the Odisha Assembly yesterday, seven rape cases were reported on an average everyday in 2018. A total of 2,502 rape cases were lodged in the state last year as against 2,221 in 2017, the report stated.
Mainly, crimes like rape, dacoity and murder are increasing in the state at an alarming rate while the percentage of sentencing for the crimes has reduced due to delay in police investigation process, the report stated.
In 2018, total 1,07,408 cognizable cases were reported in the state. Of the total, 1378 were murder cases, 2,120 riots and 2502 were rape cases. Till March, 2019, total 28,617 serious crimes have so far been reported in the state.
“A total of 1,03,066 criminal cases were lodged at different police stations across the state in 2017. Of the total, 1267 were murder cases. In 2018, the number rose to 1378. Besides, 558 dacoity cases were lodged in 2018 as against 534 in 2017, ” the report read.
The report further reveals that the number of chargesheets filed in murder cases have decreased. Last year, chargesheets were filed in only 645 out of the total 1378 murder cases reported in the state.
This apart, number of deaths due to road accidents have increase manifold in the state, though the Government has recently introduced various modern traffic management systems. While 10,855 road accidents were reported in 2017, the number rose to 11,262 in 2018.
However, in a positive development, activities of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) remained under control in the State in 2018.
“No Maoist activities were reported in six districts including Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar. In other affected areas, the situation was under control though it remained challenging in parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kadhamal, and Nuapada districts,” the report stated.
Last year, total 54 LWE related incidents, including 26 cases of exchange of fire were reported. As many as 19 CPI (Maoist) cadres were killed, 339 arrested and 27 surrendered in the state during the period, the report added.