GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - Assam has for the first time registered more than one lakh criminal cases in a single calendar year with incidents of theft and kidnapping topping the crime chart in 2015.
Of the total cases, nearly 95 per cent are those registered under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The remaining cases were registered under the Arms Act, Essential Services Act and other local and special laws.
The striking feature of this year�s crime graph remains the abysmally low rate of conviction. Compared to last year�s conviction rate of 13.1 per cent, the State this year (till October, 2015) could achieve only 9.6 per cent conviction rate, which is far below the national rate.
Further, as on October 30 this year, 59,622 cases are still pending with the various police stations in the State. The tally of pending cases till December 2014 stood at 57,931 last year.
�Of the 10,000-plus cases of thefts during 2015, nearly 5,600 cases of kidnapping were reported till early December,� official sources quoting the crime figures compiled by Assam Police told this reporter.
Among the other offences, incidents of burglary too featured among the most frequently committed crimes, especially in Guwahati and some major towns.
Reports further stated that till October 2015 this year, 3,965 cases of burglary were registered across the State, compared to last year�s total tally of 4823.
Among other major crimes, 3,184 cases of cheating and 1,924 incidents of rioting were reported till October this year.
Further, the Assam Police report indicated that on an average, more than five cases of rape are being registered every single day in the State. Till October this year, already 1,591 cases have been registered. However, conviction rate of these cases continues to be very abysmal.
Similarly, during the same period, 1,134 cases of murder were registered in the State although the conviction rate in this front appeared to be an improved one, compared to rape cases.
The crime chart further reflected that in total 1,348 cases of criminal breach of trust were also registered.
Trends show that the rate of crimes committed during the year 2015 has increased compared to the preceding year.