Unplanned colonies fuelling capital crime: Delhi Police

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 14:40 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) There has been a small 1.75 percent increase in the national capital's crime graph in 2012 in comparison to 2011, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said here Friday but attributed city crimes largely to the growth of "unplanned colonies".

A total of 54,287 cases were registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) in 2012. In 2011, the number of cases was lower at 53,353, Kumar said, adding that it was a rise of 1.75 percent.

Despite the increase in crimes, Delhi Police solved 53.15 percent cases in 2012 in comparison to 51.47 percent in 2011.

"In Delhi, almost 65 percent of the population lives in unplanned colonies. About 11.7 percent live in rural or urban villages while only 23.7 percent people staying in planned colonies, which is an important causative factor for crime in Delhi," said Kumar.

Kumar said that the number of cases per lakh of the population declined from 392.64 cases in 2001 to 318.98 in 2012.

In 2012, 521 cases of murder were registered as against 543 cases in 2011, a decline of 4.05 percent.

Analysis of motives in murder cases in 2012 reveals that 20.54 percent of the cases were due to sudden provocation or trivial issues, 12.86 percent due to old enmity, 14.59 percent were sex related, 10.94 percent were over differences among family members and 8.83 percent were due to disputes over property. Only 13.82 percent of the murder cases were crime related, Kumar said.

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