17,887 crime cases registered in preceding year in HP

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Shimla, Feb 2 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh has seen gradual increase in crime rate over the years with 17,887 cases being registered across 12 districts of the state.

Of the 17,887 cases registered, 14,223 cases were registered for offences under stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) while 3,664 people were booked under different provisions of local and special laws.

The increase in crime rate over the last few years has woken the police from the deep slumber and it was now making amends for its laxity by increasing policing in all parts of the state.

Himachal recorded 16,409 criminal cases in 2002 and this increased to 16,421 in 2003, while recording a rise in crime rate to 17,029 in 2004. However, the crime rate dipped to 16,835 in the following year (2005).

The state recorded the highest number of criminal cases in 2006 when it registered 18,096 cases in various districts of the state.

The latest figures for the year 2007 revealed that the state was most vulnerable to theft and its related offences.

Out of a total of 14,223 cases of heinous nature registered under the IPC in 2007, the state police booked 1,092 people for theft, while 773 cases of burglary were registered during the same period.

As many as 127 murder cases, 159 cases of rape and 171 acts of kidnapping and abducting were registered under IPC during the year gone by.

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