Kathmandu, September 7- According to an annual analytical report prepared by the Valley Police Office, one suicide takes place every day in the valley and one looting is reported daily. One murder takes place every six days, one attempted-murder is reported every week. One case of rape is reported every 11 days.
The report said two cases of public offence are registered every day, one case of cheating takes place every five days and one terrorist and disruptive activity in a week. Enough to keep the police force on its toes. But senior police officers have an explanation for this trend, albeit a facetious or specious one. With the Valley taking on a metropolitan character, this is “unavoidable”. “It is not important whether the number of crimes has gone up. We should ponder on whether the police are carrying on genuine efforts to prevent and control crime or whether the police are dedicated to finalise investigations of crimes,” Additional Inspector General of Police Rabikanta Aryal at the Crime Investigation Department of police headquarters, said.
Criminologists Dr Rajit Bhakta Pradhananga sees the trend in the valley crime as an upshot of growing unemployment, influx of inte-rnally displaced people and the growing over-ambition of people in the country.According to the report, 179 suspicious deaths were reported in the past fiscal year.
In the previous year the number was 189. The number of accidental deaths was 338 in the fiscal year 2004-5. Seven hundred and twelve cases of thefts and 362 cases of looting were recorded in the valley in the past fiscal year. Fifty-eight murder cases were recorded in the valley in the last fiscal year. Police said that 46 cases of attempted murder were recorded in the past fiscal year. Twenty-one rape cases were recorded in the last fiscal year. Seven hundred and twenty-three cases of public offence were recorded in the last fiscal year.
Four hundred and thirteen cheating cases were recorded in the last fiscal year. Fifty- two cases of terrorist and disruptive activity were recorded in the last fiscal year, a sharp rise from 25 and 23 in the years 2003-4, 2002-3, police said.