2,021 history sheeters off police radar, says report

2,021 history sheeters off police radar, says report

The city police have lost track of nearly 2,021 history sheeters of 9,490, a Crime Records Bureau (CRB) report has revealed.

According to the CRB-2017 report, 6,340 repeat offenders have responded to police calls for inquiry, while 1,129 reprobates were in judicial custody. The remaining 2,021 lawbreakers have absconded.

Based on the crimes committed, the police maintain the list of offenders in A, B or C categories with their backgrounds and residential addresses. They control the criminals by keeping an eye on them.

If the criminals are active in their own areas, they would be categorised as A, while those committing crimes in different police limits would fall into the B category.

If the individual is violent and shows signs of growing into a criminal in his own right, the person finds himself in the C category. His name will be in the list for one year and would be removed if his behaviour remains good. In the event that the person commits even one crime, he will be moved to either A or B category.

If criminals in the A or B list continue with their violent activities, despite warnings by the police, they are sent to jail under the Goonda Act (the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum Grabbers Act, 1985).

The police have booked seven repeat offenders in 2016 and 15 in the first 11 months of this year.

Police officials said there are 239 history sheeters - a list of criminals who continued to break the law despite serving a prison sentence - in the city.

According to them, there are 3,622 A-listed criminals, 4,081 B-listers and 1,787 C-listers.

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