Cheating cases on rise in city: Police Commissioner

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Bangalore, Aug 16 (UNI) City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari today said cases of cheating, involving hundreds of crores of rupees were on the rise in the garden city.

Participating in a meet-the-press prgramme organised by Bangalore Press Club here he said the cases included land grabbing, bank accounts and money circulation by private money lenders. This amounted to at least 40 per cent of the crimes being reported in the city.

He said the crimes of theft or dacoity had also been reported to the tune of Rs 25 crore annually.

Stating that there has to be a change in the mindset among the police for tackling the new trend in crime, he said he had started a Janata Darshan programme from July 13 and had recieved 500 applications. Of this, 320 cases were related to land grabbing by producing fake documents, he said.

The exploitation by private money lenders who impose high rate of interests on weekly basis constituted a large chunk, he said.

He said the department had chalked out an 18-point new plan of action to improve traffic system in the city in a month.

To a question, the Commissioner said quality of the police force was important to provide effective protection to the city and not the numbers.

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