GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - If the trend in the first half of the year 2011 is any indicator, the rate of abduction in Assam this year will escalate by almost 100 per cent, if not more.
Such rise is unprecedented and the success rate of Assam Police in solving the cases and bringing the culprits to book does not appear to be too impressive, records available with Assam Police say.
The figures available with the Assam Police reveal that till May this year, over 3,000 abduction cases have already been reported with various police stations of the State, compared to 3,250 cases reported in the entire year of 2010.
If further comparisons are to be made, the number of abduction cases reported till first five months of the current year has already surpassed the figure that stood in 2009.
Moreover, direct and indirect involvement of surrendered militants, be it from ULFA or the NDFB has been found in a good number of abduction cases in the recent times, exposing the sheer inability of the Government machinery to keep a tab on the activities of those who claim to have joined the mainstream.
�We are yet to compile the updated data. Reports are pouring in from various districts, which would give a better insight of the trend. By another week, crime records till the month of August will be available,� a senior officer of the Criminal Investigation Department told The Assam Tribune.
�I have been in the CID (maintains crime record) for quite some time, but such a jump in any kind of crime has seldom been witnessed,� the official said.
The official further divulged that most of the abduction cases relates to ransom.
On the involvement of the surrendered militants, another Assam Police official said: �It is not just in abduction, their involvement has been found in other serious crimes too. We are doing our best to keep a track of them and their activities.�
Reports also show that Kamrup (Metro) is one of the most crime-afflicted districts in the State, with Dispur police station registering the most number of cases in 2011.