Incidents of crime across the country remain one of the biggest challenge for the Central and the state governments. To add to their woes, the rate of crimes increased by 2.6 per cent this year, according to the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) annual report, released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.The report further said that every hour in 2016, 700 people were arrested and 552 cases were registered for various crimes across the country.As per the NCRB, last year, 6,130,507 people were arrested, of whom 3,737,870 people were held under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 2,392,637 under various Special and Local Laws (SLL). A total of 4,831,515 cognizable crimes, comprising 2,975,711 IPC crimes and 1,855,804 SLL crimes, were reported in 2016 — an increase of 2.6 per cent over 2015 (4,710,676 cases) — Singh said.Also, the maximum number of people (983,915) were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Kerala (770,763 arrests). The maximum number of cases (707,8700), however, were registered in Kerala, followed by UP(494,025).In 2016, IPC crimes increased by 0.9 per cent and SLL crimes increased by 5.4 per cent over 2015. Also, UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC crimes reported in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent), and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Further, a total of 897,171 cases of offences affecting the human body were reported, which accounted for 30.1 per cent of total IPC crimes in 2016. As many as 348,914 cases causing simple and grievous injuries due to rash driving were reported, accounting for a maximum 38.9 per cent cases, followed by cases of causing death by negligence (140,215) and grievous hurt (89,039).In terms of percentage, kidnapping and abduction accounted for 52.3 per cent of the cases of crimes against children in 2016, while cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, accounted for 34.4 per cent of the crimes. Maximum number of such cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh (15.3, 13.6, and 13.1 per cent, respectively).Also, maximum number of cyber crime cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh (2,639 cases, 21.4 per cent) followed by Maharashtra (2,380 cases, 19.3 per cent), and Karnataka (1,101 cases, 8.9 per cent) during 2016. Singh said for the first time, the NCRB recorded the seizure of arms and ammunition, explosives, drugs, and currency by the Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations. Not only that, details of cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Direct Taxes Enactments, Customs Act, seizures under the NDPS Act, and others were also furnished by the respective central agencies, such as the CBI, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenues Intelligence, and Narcotics Control Bureau.In 2016, the CBI had 571 pending cases from the previous year and they also registered 673 new cases. In total, they probed 1,244 cases in 2016, and charge sheets were filed in 339 cases. “As many as 184 cases went for trial and were reported for departmental action during the year,” the NCRB stated. In addition, while the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized 756 valuables worth Rs 7179.78 crore under The Custom Acts in 2017, the Narcotics Control Bureau registered 25,147 cases and arrested 31,683 people.In 2016, there were only 31 cases registered under Imputation and Assertions Prejudicial to National Integration Act, 30 cases under the Official Secrets Act, and 35 sedition cases.
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