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With Games just 3 months away, incidents of crime up: Govt

There has been marginal increase in incidents of crime even as the Commonwealth Games is round the corner in the national capital, the government was informed today.



New Delhi: There has been marginal increase
in incidents of crime even as the Commonwealth Games is round
the corner in the national capital, the government was
informed today.

To a question whether the crime graph in New Delhi has
been soaring ahead of Commonwealth Games, Minister of State
for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said "Yes. The
incidents of crime has marginally increased."

The minister said that the safety of Commonwealth Games
and of foreign delegates is a high-priority area for Delhi
Police.

A number of measures being adopted by the police include
mobile assault teams for counter terrorist operations, 24x7
CCTV surveillance at all Games venues, deployment of commando
and snipers and advance security check of the entire venue
including parking spaces, pedestrian concourses and open
areas, Ramachandran said.

According to data given as part of a written reply to the
Rajya Sabha, Ramachandran said a total of 25,619 cases under
Indian Penal Code were reported between January and June this
year.

"However, the crime in Delhi has remained under control
as the crime per lakh of population, a yardstick generally
followed worldwide to compare offences, has shown a decline in
Delhi with the total incidents of crime per lakh of population
coming down from 286.32 in 2008 to 283.50 in 2009 and 281.05
(projected) up to June 30," he said.

According to the data, a highest of 318 cases of robbery,
277 of rape and 274 of murder among other offences were
reported in the first six months of the year.

PTI

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