J&K UT witnesses nearly 10% rise in crime in one year

Least conviction rate in Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama, Sopore, Baramulla
Increasing trend in NDPSA cases noticed in 2021

Mohinder Verma
JAMMU, July 24: The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed nearly 10% rise in the crime cases in one year and the prevailing situation demands the police to chalk out effective policies and plan strategies for combating the crimes and tracking down the criminals. Even increasing trend has been witnessed in the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPSA) cases, which means that drug mafia continues to be active to spoil the young generation.
As per the official figures, during the year 2021, 31675 cases were registered under various heads of crime as against 28936 cases during the corresponding year 2020 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir thereby showing an increasing trend—9.47% in the year 2021.
The crime rate for the year 2021 remained at 235.68 (as per the projected population of year 2021 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) as compared to year 2020 which was 216.90.
A total of 15624 cases were disposed off by the courts in which trial was completed in 11285 cases. A total of 8700 cases ended in conviction, 2585 cases in acquittal/discharge, 3845 cases were compounded/ withdrawn, 494 cases were abated/ quashed/ admonished as such conviction was 77.09%.
Similarly, a total of 35282 under investigation cases were disposed off by the police and out of these charge-sheets were filed in 28695 cases, 3256 cases were closed as untraced, 3299 cases as not admitted and 32 cases were cancelled/quashed.
As per the figures, during the year 2021, property worth Rs 36 crore was stolen out of which property worth Rs 14.79 crore was recovered and the recovery percentage was 39.86. As far as crime against women is concerned, 3873 cases were registered in 2021 as against 3517 during the year 2020. During the year 2021, 1681 NDPS Act cases were registered as against 1222 cases in the year 2020, which shows an increased trend.
During the year 2021, 537 terrorist related incidents took place in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir as against 595 in the year 2020 while as an amount of Rs 317100 was recovered as Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) during the year 2021 as against Rs 1283300 during the year 2020.
About the performance of Police Stations during the year 2021, Rajouri, Kathua, Udhampur, Nargota and Surankot were the top five Police Stations with maximum registration of cases. Rajouri Police Station registered 765 cases, Kathua 534, Udhampur 490, Nagrota 478 and Surankot 418 cases. As far as disposal of cases is concerned, the top five Police Stations are Rajouri (563), Udhampur (320), Mendhar (306), Surankot (282) and Kathua (273).
In Kashmir valley, the top five Police Stations having registered maximum cases were Anantnag (519), Kupwara (402), Srinagar (375), Budgam (372) and Handwara (364) while as Anantnag, Kupwara, Pattan, Bijbehara and Shopian were the Police Stations with maximum disposal of cases.
As per the figures, Samba, Srinagar, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur are the five police districts having highest conviction rate while as Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama, Sopore and BaramZulla were the five police districts having least conviction rate.
The conviction rate in Samba was 91.83%, 87.14% in Srinagar, 88.67% in Poonch, 85.98% in Rajouri and 85.38% in Udhampur while as in least conviction rate police districts, Bandipora was having 22.61%, Shopian 29.06%, Pulwama 38.27%, Sopore 40.31% and Baramulla 58.41%.
“Keeping in view the official figures there is an urgent need for the Jammu and Kashmir Police to chalk out future policies and plan strategies for combating the crimes and tracking down the criminals”, observers stressed.
It is pertinent to mention here that there are two Police Zones in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory and seven Police Ranges. Moreover, there are 23 police districts, 68 police sub-divisions and 241 Police Stations. Of these, there are 90 Police Stations in Jammu Zone and 106 in Kashmir Zone and 45 Special Purpose Police Stations like Railway Police, Women, Anti-Human Trafficking, Zonal Cyber Police Stations, Crime Branch, Anti-Narcotics Task Force etc.