Mizoram cops top in crime detection

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Aizawl, Feb 25 (UNI) Mizoram police have claimed of a high crime detection rate of 96.55 per cent, which is far ahead the other states.

Mizoram DGP Lalrokhuma Pachuau, while speaking to the press for the first time after he took over the post three months back, said, ''Thanks to the tireless efforts of our teams, crime rates have drastically reduced during the past two years.

''Although Mizoram saw an increase in murder and rape cases, the police's achievement in crime detection is laudable. Crime detection rate in 2006 was recorded at 93 per cent, which further increased to 96.55 per cent last year,'' the DGP said, adding that compared to other state police departments, the Mizoram police's crime detection rate is far higher than other states.

Since he joined office, the DGP had been spending most of his time travelling the length and breadth of Mizoram.

Saying that, in his next tour, he will cover the northeastern parts of Mizoram and further to Indo-Myanmar border, Mr Pachuau added, ''So far as I have seen, the law and order situation is good.

Mizoram as a whole is peaceful and there is no presence of underground outfits.'' ''While visiting district police departments, I witnessed that our police are truly committed to their duties, but they are facing common problems of building infrastructure,'' Pachuau said.

The top cop also laid emphasis on the need for public awareness on the importance of preservation of crime scene. On many occasions in the past, crime scenes had been destroyed by the curiosity of the public, and this is common cases in the whole country, he said.

''Destruction of crime scenes has caused us big hurdles in many of our investigations. The general public should be educated on the importance of preservation of crime scene,'' the DGP stressed.

The top cop also pointed out that the absence of public relations officer in the Mizoram police department causes them problems in establishing better relationship between the police and the media.

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