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Assam sees rise in fraud cases

Guwahati, Jan. 8: Assam has witnessed a sharp increase in cheating cases since 2012.

The latest crime figures compiled at the State Crime Records Bureau shows an upward graph of cheating cases in the state upto October last year.

An official source told The Telegraph recently that the number of cheating cases registered at different police stations in the state up to October stood at 2,120, compared to 1,693 cases registered in the previous year.

For the past few years, the number of cheating cases had shown a rising trend. The number of such cases rose from 1,098 in 2009 to 1,326 in 2010 and then to 1,453 in 2011.

The official said not only cheating cases, but other white-collar crimes like criminal breach of trust (CBT) and counterfeiting is also showing a rising trend.

The number of counterfeiting and CBT cases up to October last year was 75 and 1,242 respectively.

The list of cheating cases include frauds committed by dubious financial institutions, fake recruitment racketeers, ATM and bank fraud, fraudulent property deals, forging of signature and certificates, counterfeiting stamp papers and currency, among others.

The source blamed overall increase in economic and financial activities for the rise in white-collar crimes in the state, particularly the state capital.

A substantial number of white-collar crimes also include frauds committed by employees in private companies.

“With the increase in the number of business transactions, combined with the lack of effective monitoring, frauds are a real-time threat for most companies. It comes as a surprise that even some big companies operating here do not have adequate safeguards,” the source said.

Apart from white-collar crimes, there has also been increase in abduction cases in the state — 4,059 up to October this year compared to 3,812 in 2012.

The source said the total number of IPC cases in the state was 73,707 till October, compared to 77,682 in the preceding year.