Assam Records 1,24,413 Crimes in 2018, Guwahati Tops Crime Chart
Assam has been witnessing a significant rise in the number of crimes being reported every year, especially in the capital city. The year 2018 was marked by as many as 1,24,413 cognizable crimes in the state as opposed to 1,11,118 in 2017 and 1,07,022 in 2016.
This was informed by Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on behalf of Home Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, during an Assembly meeting on February 18 at the Assam Secretariat. Patowary was responding to a question raised by All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA Mamun Imadadul Haq Choudhury.
The crimes registered in 2018 largely include theft, burglary and robbery, followed by crimes against women. The most widely reported crimes over the years have continued to be theft and burglary.
Providing the Assembly members with a breakup of the numbers, Patowary said, “In 2018, from January 1 to December 31, there have been 1,274 murders, 1,909 rapes, 7,651 kidnappings, 155 dacoities, 1,369 robberies, 1,404 extortions, 4,580 burglaries, 15,669 thefts, 1,098 riots, 2,214 criminal breaches of trust, 5,848 cheatings, 92 counterfeits, 74,293 falling in other sections of IPC, 1,15,756 cognizable crimes under IPC and 6,857 crimes under other Acts.”
He further added that in spite of all the security being provided to women folk and steps being taken to ensure their well-being, there have been reports of 1,909 rapes in the state.
The highest number of rape incidents was recorded in Barpeta district with 234 cases during 2018. It was followed by Dhubri (119), Nagaon (108), Hailakandi (109), Karimganj (98), Morigaon (98), South Salmara (97), Kamrup (82), Lakhimpur (72) and Darang (67).
Guwahati accounted for a total of 66 number of rape cases in the state, besides the highest crime rate in 2018, according to the data provided by Patowary.
However, among all of them, Dispur police station recorded the most number of rape cases – 11 - for any police station in the city.
It was followed by Jalukbari PS which recorded seven rape cases, Chandmari PS which recorded six rape cases, Basistha PS which recorded five rape cases, Fatasil PS which recorded four rape cases, Pragjyotishpur PS, Satgaon PS, Paltan Bazaar PS, Gorchuk PS, Hatigaon PS and Sonapur PS recorded three rape cases each, Geetanagar PS, Bharalumukh PS and Azara PS recorded two rape cases each and Noonmati PS, Panbazar PS, Latasil PS, Bhangagarh PS and Khetri PS recorded one rape case each.
Dispur also witnessed the registration of highest number of cases in total, among the 19 police stations that fall in the purview of the Guwahati police commissionerate. Out of the total cases, Dispur PS registered the maximum number of theft, torture, and kidnapping cases in the entire city. It also recorded the highest number of cases of crimes against women, including rape.
The state capital has also got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping, robbery, theft and burglary.
In the state, there have been 1,274 murders in 2018 of which Guwahati accounted for 96, despite all the security, law and order in place.
The city also topped in burglary with 1,034 cases, theft with 4,234 case in 2018, kidnapping with 677 cases and robbery with 465 cases.
In one year, Guwahati recorded 677 kidnaps, followed by Barpeta 574, Sonitpur 365, Golaghat 373, Nagaon 545, Cachar 388, Tinsukia 274, Dima Hasao 36, and Majuli 14.