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STATE CRIME RATE WENT UP IN 2008, CONVICTIONS GO DOWN

crimeThe crime rate in the state has increased by 5.4 per cent in 2008 as compared to the previous year, while the conviction rate of 9.4 per cent under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) registered a decrease of 1.7 per cent during this period. With this, Maharashtra has registered the poorest conviction rate in the country during 2008, according to the 11th annual report Crime in Maharashtra 2008 released by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The report states that Mumbai reported the highest number of crimes in the state, followed by Pune. The report was released by Mumbai police commissioner, D Sivanandan. In the report, it was said that pendancy of cases in courts of laws was rising. The police can ameliorate the situation by ensuring timely issuing of summons and warrants and presenting the accused in the courts within the stipulated time by providing proper escorts to the prisoners. The report says that violent crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, culpable homicide, dowry deaths, abduction, kidnapping, rape, arson, riots, dacoity and robbery have escalated in Maharashtra. Violent crime constituted 10.95 per cent of the total IPC cases accounting for 19.42 per lakh of population.

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