Crime rate showing a decreasing trend: Gamlin

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Itanagar, Sep 11 (UNI) The crime rate in Arunachal Pradesh has decreased significantly during the past few years, Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin claimed in the Assembly today.

In a written reply to a question of former chief minister Gegong Apang, he said during 2005 the state recorded a total of 2,377 cases of murder, kidnapping and other offences, which fell to 2,363 during 2006 and 2,342 during 2007.

Regular police patrolling and surprise checks had been intensified, he said and added that the police, Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) and CRPF had been mobilized to undertake round-the-clock patrolling and surprise checks at the Capital Complex.

''All the officers-in-charge and in-charge of check gates of Papumpare district had been alerted and briefed to beef-up security in the twin capital city by carrying joint night patrolling with the magistrates on highway as well as in all sectors,'' he informed.

He further informed that about one company of IRBn had been inducted at the capital complex to augment the strength of the police forces besides, additional temporary check gates had been set up at important locations for strict checking of entry and movement of unwanted elements. Quick reaction teams for prompt and effective action to meet any eventuality besides, intelligence coverage and surveillance had been geared up to control crime.

Mr Gamlin also informed that the case of killing of former MP Wangsa Rajkumar was handed over to the CBI in March and a major breakthrough was made in the twin murder case and kidnapping of Getem Apang, son of Gegong Apang and his music teacher Narendra Rai.

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