Bokaro police may have notched up quite a few successes against Maoists, but its record in curbing crime within the periphery of the district leaves a lot to be desired.
Compared to the previous year, 2012 was a bad year for the police. For, data released by the police reveal a steady rise in cases pertaining to forgeries, vehicle thefts, burglary and kidnapping.
Builders and land developers turned out to be the biggest crooks in the steel town with most of the forgeries being conducted by them. Last year, there were 347 forgery cases against 121 in 2011 and 82 in 2010 (see chart).
The only consolation was that the number of miscellaneous crimes stood at 1,191 in 2012, less than 1,660 in 2011 and 1,638 in 2010. In 2012, number of murders also dropped to 60 from 70 reported in 2010, while dacoity cases dropped to 13 from 14 reported in 2011.
Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi admitted that urban policing needed improvement.
ďThis year, besides controlling Maoists, we will see to it that vehicle lifting is controlled by going for better security in the townships. We will also keep a close watch on entry and exit points,Ē he told The Telegraph.
Dwivedi said special attention would be given to curb instances of eve-teasing now that a new police cell had been created specifically for the purpose. ďI will leave no stone unturned to make Bokaro a crime-free district,Ē he promised.