'Crime rate down in City'

Large number of recoveries made, says Acharya

 He said that if the City’s population increase is taken into account, the proportion of crime has come down.

Acharya’s reply came in the wake of the questions raised by Congress MLCs Vimala Gowda and Prakash Rathod regarding the increasing crime on lonely women.

While Vimala Gowda questioned the minister on the murder of single women, Rathod pointed out the increase in the number of chain snatching incidents. Rathod said, “There have been nearly 50 cases of chain snatching in a single month and no punitive action has been taken against any of these offenders.”

Meanwhile, Basavaraj Horatti of the JD(S) demanded as to what remedy the Home Minister has in mind. Acharya said, contrary to the situation being portrayed by the media, there has been a reduction in crime. He said the number of murders has come down drastically and also the overall crime rate. Instead, he pointed to the large number of recovery made by the police.

Judiciary responsible

“Over the last 13 months, a total of 1,159 stolen vehicles have been recovered and handed back to their owners. In addition, a large amount of money, other valuables and electronic goods have also been recovered,” he said. The question of punitive action does not arise as it is in the hands of the judiciary to punish the guilty, he said.

He also stated that booklets and handouts have been distributed by the police on preventive action to be taken by the public in areas where lonely women reside. In a written reply to a question posed by Marithibbe Gowda of the JD(S), the Home Minister said police forces such as Hoysala and Cheetah have been instructed to patrol areas where lonely women reside. He also said handouts have been distributed to lonely aged women across the state.

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