Mizoram CM Zoramthanga at an annual crime review meeting of DIG (Northern Range) in Aizawl Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: At least 33 murder cases were registered in various police stations under the jurisdiction of Mizoram’s Deputy Inspector General (Northern range) since May 2017, a senior police officer said on Thursday.

State’s DIG (Northern range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte (who covers five districts — Aizawl, Kolasib, Mamit, Serchhip and Champhai) said that as many as 3,959 cases were registered under IPC and non IPC between May 2017 and June 2019. This was highlighted at an annual crime review meeting for DIG (Northern Range) held on Thursday in Aizawl, he added.

According to the officer, at least 2,146 cases were registered between May 2017 and June 2018 and 1,813 cases betwee May 2018 May to June this year, which means a 15.51% decrease in crime rate over the year. Of the 3,959 cases, 2,996 were registered under various sections of IPC and 963 cases were registered under local laws and special laws like POCSO act.

Khiangte said that at least 33 murder cases were registered during the given period. Theft recorded the highest at 1,312, followed by burglary at 806, he said.

There were 74 rape cases, 80 sexual molestation, 250 child abuses, 16 attempts to murder, 14 extortion, and 5 abduction or kidnapping cases, among others, during the given period.

Altogether, 230 drug related cases were also registered under Narcotics Drugs & Psychotropic’s Substance (ND&PS) Act, 1985 while 13 cases were registered under foreigner act or IPP rule.

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Attended by superintendent polices of the five districts and commandants of various battalions of Mizoram Armed Police (MAP) and Indian Reserved Police, the crime review-cum-law and order review was held on Thursday.

Khiangte stated at the meeting that Mizoram has been ravaged by the menace of drug abuse of which alcohol and heroin are most common. He further added that Mizoram has recently witness human trafficking cases, which were rare to the state.

According to him, more than 30 Rohingya girls and Nepali girls, suspected to be trafficked, were rescued by the state police in the current year. He urged the meeting to take massive effort and coordinate with NGOs to curb drug abuse, drug smuggling and human trafficking.

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