According to the data released by the Maharashtra Police,individuals caught committing the acts of snatching chains,cellphones and those held for drug related offences in Mumbai Railways account for most of the repeated arrests in the state.
In 2012,repeat offenders accounted for 1.32 per cent of all the arrested accused in the state. This is an increase from the 1.12 per cent in 2011.
As opposed to 3463 persons with previous criminal records held in 2011,there were 4,090 arrests in 2012. Of the total,while 2,994 acuused had one case of criminal record,822 were convicted twice in the past and 274 persons were convicted thrice or more.
The Mumbai Railways witnessed 321 repeat offenders arrested in 2012 as compared to 261 in 2011. Raigad comes second with 7.8 per cent repeat offenders while Mumbai records 5.5%. Solapur recorded the least number of repeat arrests at 0.1 per cent.
Railway Police officials said the rise in the percentage of theft recorded is because usually multiple cases are recorded against thieves found in possession of more than one cellphone or chain. When a thief is caught,we find them in possession of several cellphones or chains. Once the investigation starts and the items are traced to the owners,multiple cases are registered against the accused, said Prakash Kirdat,senior inspector,Dadar GRP police station.
Drug addicts also form a percentage of repeat offenders. The police said drug addicts tend to turn violent when put behind the bars. Once they are off drugs for a few hours,they tend to turn violent. In these cases,our effort is to get them to court as soon as is possible in order to dispose the case. It is risky to keep them behind bars for too long as they attempt to harm themselves if denied drugs, Kirdat said.
He said a majority of drug addicts are found near the tracks near Masjid Bunder railway station. Once arrested they do not have the money to pay the fine. And,once they are out,they are repeatedly booked for the same offense, said B N Shirsat,Deputy Commissioner of Police,Western Railway.