LAHORE  - The Punjab police on Thursday claimed that at least 111,101 hardened criminals and proclaimed offenders have been arrested from January to November this year since the police implemented a comprehensive crime fighting strategy.
A police spokesperson said that a comprehensive report based on comparative analysis of crime incidents reported in the province in 2012 and 2013 respectively was presented to Inspector General of Police Punjab by Punjab DIG (Operations) Farooq Mazhar on Thursday.
According to the report, a total of 360,260 cases of crimes of different nature have been reported in the province during the first eleven months of 2013 against 366,266 cases of crimes registered with the police in 2012.
The statistics show a considerable decrease in the incidents of crimes if compared with the previous year as the police reported 6,006 crimes cases less than the previous year. The police submitted challans of 265,603 cases in 2013, whereas, in 2012 police submitted challans of 268,650 cases.
Similarly, the police reported a total of 52,976 cases of crimes against person during the current year against the 56,556 cases of crimes against person in 2012, which indicates a decrease of 3,580 cases of crimes against person. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 35,144 cases in 2013, whereas, in 2012 police submitted challans of 37,036 case.
The Punjab police reported a total of 95,148 cases of crimes against property in 2012 and this year the crime rate fell to a considerable extent which is evident from the fact that the police registered 90,526 cases of crimes against property during the first eleven months of 2013, suggesting a decrease of 4,622 cases if compared with the previous year.
The police submitted in the courts the challans of 45,163 cases in 2012, whereas, in 2013 police submitted challans of 39,727 cases in the court. The rate of murder cases also dropped in 2013 as the police registered 5,671 cases of murder in the current year against 5,856 cases of murder reported in 2012. The statistics show a decrease of 185 cases of murder comparatively. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 3,972 cases in 2013, whereas, in 2012 police submitted challans of 4,156 cases.
The police reported 143 cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2012 which reduced to 121 in 2013 (-22) and the police submitted in the courts the challans of 87 cases in 2013 whereas, in 2012 police submitted challans of 90 cases of kidnapping for ransom. A total of 2456 cases of rape had been reported in 2012 during the first eleven months and this year such incidents decreased to 2428.
The police reported 174 cases of gang rape during the first eleven months of this year against the total 201 cases of gang-rape reported in 2012. The report also highlights that the police recovered looted cash and valuables worth Rs.332.02 million in 2013 after registering 2,475 cases of dacoity in which the victims were deprived of cash and valuables worth Rs.3496.58 million.
The report further underlines the police during its special campaign against electricity-theft registered a total of 11,995 cases and arrested 14,259 accused persons including 118 officials of the electric supply companies. The challans of at least 10418 accused persons were submitted in the courts while 1423 cases are under investigation.