Patna: The administration will ensure speedy trial for the accused in certain criminal cases to put a lid on cases of kidnapping for ransom which had declined over the years, a top Bihar police officer said on Saturday.
"As part of a comprehensive strategy to drastically reduce cases of kindapping for ransom and late night crimes...all the accused found to be involved in such crimes would be subjected to speedy trial for their early conviction under appropriate laws," Director General of Police Neelmani said today.
The state police chief claimed there had been gradual decline in incidents of crime in Bihar with 73 kidnapping for ransom cases lodged upto December 2010, against 80 during the corresponding period in 2009.
In 2004, the number of such cases was 411, 251 in 2005, 194 in 2006, 89 in 2007, 66 in 2008 and 80 in 2009, he said adding the cases of kidnapping were being "successfully solved".
Altogether 54,786 criminals have been convicted since 2006, of which 132 were awarded death sentences, 9423 given life sentences and another 2597 were remanded to jail for more than 10 years.
Neelmani said 55 self-styled area commanders of rebel groups and Maoist leaders got arrested till December 23, 2010 as against 33 during 2009.
He said river patrolling would start within the next 15 days from the Deedarganj police station in Patna city.
"In the first phase, five river police stations are being set up, while another 18 will come up later," he said.