Drugs, crimes against women hog headlines

The year 2012 was a year of many ups and downs for the UT Police. The UT police department lost its SP city to a trap laid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The UT SSP launched a major campaign against incidents where the modesty of women was outraged. Rivalry between the police personnel led to several tussles.

A number of crime cases hit the headlines. The alleged murder of a 32-year-old school teacher Monika Goyal, by her in-laws, the recent death of a 21-year old Radhika due to drug overdose, the death of an NRI Harminder Singh outside the Aroma in Sector 22 after a brawl were some of these.

By the end of the year, the police has also woken up to the menace of drug peddling. There has been an increased number of arrests. Two Nigerian nationals were arrested with heavy quantity of heroin. On the other hand, there have been instances where the women in the city are asking for help from the police in times of trouble. The law and order situation of the city seems to be improving as far as the conviction rate of the city is concerned. Where in the year 2011, the conviction rate in the criminal cases was 57 per cent, in the year 2012, the rate has gone up to 70 per cent. In the year 2010, it was a mere 50 per cent.

The UT police has also faced a lot in terms of controversies. There have been internal disputes which led to the transfer of police officials from one department to other. Inspectors Amanjot Singh and Neeraj Sarna entered into an altercation with the then SP City Desh Raj following which departmental inquiries were marked against the two. Amanjot had given his resignation in May blaming the SSP for being biased. This was subsequently withdrawn.

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