Chandigarh has the best track record of solving cases compared to other states,says Inspector General of Police S K Jain
The City Beautiful has a burgeoning record of cases that have remained unsolved across the years. A glance at statistics of over the last four years expose the shoddy track record of the Chandigarh police wherein there was no breakthrough in over a thousand cases and whose files have been gathering dust even now. Vehicle thefts,snatchings,robberies and scores of cases continue to hit a dead end,leaving the city police red-faced and thieves having the last laugh.
Vehicular theft :
The police are clueless about the 2,215 vehicles that have gone missing from the city in the last four years. While a total of 3,015 vehicles of different make have been stolen since 2005,only 800 have been recovered so far. Nearly 579 vehicles were stolen in 2005,490 in 2006,852 in 2007 and 1,094 in 2008. While 152 were recovered in 2005,145 were recovered in 2006,243 in 2007 and a mere 260 in 2008. Thieves,in these years,graduated from stealing Maruti cars to swanky SUVs,including 40 Boleros,while the police could recover a very few.
Sources say in maximum number of such thefts,the vehicles are taken to Nepal and the north-eastern parts of the country where such gangs thrive. Moreover,by the time a case is reported to the police and an FIR registered,vehicles aretaken out of the citys boundary. Lack of co-ordination between the Chandigarh,Panchkula and Mohali police is another reason for the poor recovery rate of the cars,sources said.
Nearly 200 snatchings were reported from Chandigarh in 2008 and in the last four years,636 such cases were registered by the police. Among these,340 cases remain unsettled. Nearly 3,234 cases of theft were registered by the police in the past four years,but more than 1,700 of these continue to be a mystery.
Other cases :
While crowns of deities were stolen from temples in four separate incidents last year,the police failed to recover the booty. Meanwhile,a gang of teenagers managed to flee with Rs 5 lakh from Hotel Taj in January 2008,but even the CCTV footage of the accused led the police nowhere. Incidents of breaking into cars and stealing valuables were reported over 22 times in the last four years with the police failing to make headway in any case. Thefts of BSNL wires too kept the police on their toes.
In cases of burglaries too,the number of unsolved cases continue to surprise. Out of nearly 851 burglaries reported since 2005,517 have left the police groping in the dark.
In cheating cases too,the police do not have much to boast about. Out of the 768 cases of cheating registered since 2005,police have failed to achieve a breakthrough in 384 cases.
At the annual police press conference on January 8,Inspector General of Police S K Jain had admitted to a seven per cent rise in crime in 2008 compared to 2007. He had also admitted that only 46 per cent cases were solved in 2008. But Chandigarh has the best track record of solving cases when compared to other states. We admit to the poor recovery rate in vehicular thefts. People must opt for anti-theft devices to lock their cars. Once a car is taken out of city,it becomes difficult to trace it. In all other cases,the city police have been largely efficient, Jain told Newsline.