Bengalureans felt no safer in 2015 than the year before

Bengalureans felt no safer in 2015 than the year before

Bengalureans felt no safer in 2015 than the year before

As far as Bengaluru’s safety and security are concerned, the year 2015 is a mixed bag.

Three changes were effected at the top level – G Parameshwara replaced K J George as Home Minister, Om Prakash took over as the DG&IGP after the retirement of Lalrokuma Pachuau, and N S Megharik succeeded M N Reddi as the City Police Commissioner.

The crime graph spiralled quite substantially in the current year compared with 2014, though murders and attempts to murder have seen a small fall in number. While 45,000 cases were recorded last year, 2015 accounted for 46,664 cases. The Irani and Bhavaria gangs, which unleashed a series of chain-snatchings and vehicle thefts, proved to be major headache for the cops and the public as well, although a few suspects have been nabbed.

The Southeast division recorded the highest number of cases with 9,957, while the North and East divisions witnessed 7,541 and 7,261 cases, respectively. Despite the inclusion of areas on the outskirts like Talaghattapura, the City police continue to be understaffed with 28 per cent of the vacancies waiting to be filled.

The police department faced a couple of instances of embarrassment when the then Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Alok Kumar was suspended for his links with lottery kingpin Pari Rajan, and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Goyal for his misconduct during a mid-career training programme.

Women’s safety
Women’s safety had been a cause for worry for the department throughout the year. A physical education teacher sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl on the school campus on Hosur Road in November, while a Tempo Traveller driver and cleaner abducted a private firm employee in the night in Madivala and gang-raped her. Two security guards hired by the Horticulture department gang-raped a woman inside Cubbon Park, exposing the lack of effective patrolling by the police.

Bengaluru hogged the limelight yet again after Doddaballapur town police inspector S Jagadish was stabbed to death on October 17 in Nelamangala and IAS officer D K Ravi hanged himself to death on March 16, 2015.

However, one development that drew the country’s attention was the jailing of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaltha in a disproportionate assets case at the Central Prisons in Parappana Agrahara.

Another major incident that rocked the nation was the murder committed by a software professional Gokul Macheri who killed his wife in order to marry his ex-flame. Macheri had also used his friend’s phone to send hoax messages in the name of Islamic State to Kempegowda International Airport, causing a loss of Rs 6 crore.

On the terror front, the City police arrested three suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives from Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district in January and the Union Home ministry disclosed that two youths from Bengaluru were killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.
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