Ludhiana:The crime graph in the Industrial town dipped during the elections as the police have tightened its noose during the imposition of model code of conduct ahead of elections.
Known as Manchester of India, Ludhiana is famous as the crime capital of the state in past as heinous crimes were reported in the city. However, there has been a major relief for city residents in the form of a dip in snatching and loot incidents.
Two murder cases were reported in the month of January including the murder of Hindu outfit leader on January 14. The police have formed teams, but still are yet to nab the killers.
After the model code of conduct was imposed, majority of cops including paramilitary force was stationed at checkpoints at entry, exit and other points in city. Apart from the curbing crime, the police have recovered unaccounted cash and drugs in last one month.
Following the directions of Election Commission of India, the city police have nabbed more than five hundred proclaimed offenders (POs) in 2016 while. In 2015, the police was able to nab only 230 POs.
According to Ludhiana police, Rs 2.24 crore unaccounted money, 38 kilogram Ganja, 416 gram heroin, 3.8 kg opium, 93kg poppy husk, 25,829 bottles of illicit liquor, 16 kg gold, silver and illegal weapons were seized till January 25.
In 2016 also, Ludhiana police claimed a dip in crime as compared to 2015. With the cracking of several murder mysteries, important and crucial cases, snatching incidents, women security, the cops claimed that in 2016, eighty five per cent of cases were traced while in 2015 it was 78 per cent.
While releasing the figures of crime rate, the Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said that in 2016, they have cracked the murder case of student leader turned Sarpanch Ravi Khawajke, arrested persons involved in attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadriawala, forced the killers of sacrilege accused to surrender in court, cracked robbery of Punjab National Bank in 48 hours, arrested killers of Dera Sacha Sauda follower. The major achievement of city police was to trace the case of attack on Shiv Sena leaders. The Police have exposed the Sena leaders for staging attack on themselves to get police security cover.
Top cop informed that they have arrested 101 members of eighteen gangs and recovered weapons, cars, sharp-edged weapons, mobile phones and cash from them.
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