487 murder cases in 2013,96% first-time offenders

Police records show that number of cases reported last year in capital is lowest in 6 years.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published:January 3, 2014 1:41 am

Delhi seems to be slowly shedding its tag of ‘crime capital’. The number of murder cases reported in the capital in 2013 was the lowest in the past six years. While this may be a good sign,an analysis of data by the Delhi Police has revealed that more than 96 per cent of accused in 487 cases reported in 2013 was first-time offenders. Only 1.05 per cent of the cases was committed by those with a prior criminal record.

A total of 764 persons were arrested for the murders in 2013. Of these,736 were first-time offenders. Of the 501 persons murdered in 2013,76.45 per cent was men while 23.35 per cent was women.

Of the 487 murder cases,the motive in 101 cases was a trivial issue or the fallout of a sudden provocation,clearly hinting that residents of the national capital may have a short fuse.

Family disputes led to 50 murders,while the figure for “murders related to sex” stood at 52.

The Delhi Police claimed that it has solved 371 of 487 cases,a 76.18 per cent success rate. The weapons used in most murder cases were a ‘sharp-edged weapon’,the analysis has revealed. Of the 487 murders,people used sharp-edged weapons or “whatever they could find” in 203 cases.

The compilation was done by the research cell of the Delhi Police under the Crime Branch. A team of inspectors and sub-inspectors,led by additional DCP,analysed the data.

A member of the research team said,“There are no organised gangs in the city. The maximum murders were committed using sharp objects or by strangulation. However,the worrying part is the involvement of a high number of people with no criminal record. Nearly 736 persons booked for murder last year were first-time offenders.”

The officer said the motive in most of the murder cases was money or property,while some were the result of family feuds.

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