70,426 convicted in Bihar since 2006: Govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 23:08
  
Patna: Altogether 70,426 persons have been convicted for various crimes in Bihar since 2006, a state minister said on Thursday.

Of the 70,426 persons convicted, more than 47,000 were sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more, making them ineligible for any government job or elected as a public representative, Water Resources Department Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary told the Legislative Council in reply to the debate on the home department budget for 2012-13.

"The conviction of such a large number by various courts has reflected the state government's sincerity to deal with the crime and restore a peaceful law and order situation in the state," Chaudhary said.

The imprisonment for two years and more of a majority of the convicted persons acted as a deterrent against other people taking to unlawful action and such quantum of punishment could bar them from jobs and related public service, the WRD Minister said.

Chaudhary also quashed the Opposition charge that the law and order situation in Bihar has worsened during the NDA rule and the crime graph increased particularly since the ruling coalition was re-elected to power in 2010.

He said that the overall crime figure has declined by 25 to 27 per cent since the NDA came to power in 2005.

About an incident in which a woman was killed by unidentified criminals in Jamui district two days ago, Chaudhary said the police were investigating the case and those found guilty will not be spared.

Earlier, leader of Opposition Gulam Gaus slammed the state for rising incidence of crime, particularly against the minorities, OBCs and the dalits.

Gaus said that people were no more safe in the state despite the government's claim of a peaceful law and order situation in Bihar.

He led the Opposition MLCs in staging a walk out from the House while the WRD Minister was replying to the debate.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 23:08


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