GUWAHATI, Dec 27 � The year 2012 continued to project Assam as a hotbed for criminal activities with the crime chart reflecting no distinct trim down compared to previous years.
In total, 65,342 cases were registered under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) this year, besides over 3,000 cases under Arms Act, Essential Services Act and other provisions of law taking the total number of cognizable crime to 67,111.
Till October this year, 1,167 cases of murder, 1,409 cases of rape, 3,229 cases of kidnapping, 223 cases of dacoity, 792 cases of robbery, 879 cases of extortion, 3,252 cases of burglary, 7,888 cases of theft, 3,813 cases of rioting and 1,060 cases of criminal breach of trust were registered with various police stations of the State.
Similarly, 1,403 and 43 cases of cheating and counterfeiting respectively were registered till October this year.
Further, under Arms Act and Essential Services Act, Assam Police registered 454 and 113 cases, respectively.
�Around 200 more cases were registered under local and special laws and other Acts,� the crime figures in the State showed.
If the crime trend witnessed so far in the current year is any indicator, last year�s total tally of 69,207 cases (2011) will be comfortably surpassed by the wrongdoers at the end of the current year.
A senior Assam Police official when asked to comment on the trend, said, �Many a times the figures do not reflect the actual scenario. However, even if we go by the figures available, I do not see any abnormal rise in criminal activities.�
�The slight rise in the number may be attributed to increase in population and other socio-economic factors. Having said that, the need to improve the standard of policing, especially in dealing with petty crimes, cannot be ruled out,� he added.