About 327 cases have been registered in the last four months with eight police stations, including five murder, eight rape, and 222 drug cases
With the easing of lockdown, the crime rate in Khulna saw a spike from April to July this year.
While criminal activities went down considerably after the nationwide lockdown enforced on March 26, 2020 the rising numbers of criminal cases in eight different police stations of the district clearly show a rising trend.
About 327 cases have been registered in the last four months with eight police stations, consisting of five murders, eight rapes, and 222 drug-related cases, said Kanai Lal Sarker, additional deputy commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police.
“This was always a concern for the police. As soon as the lockdown eased, crime was bound to increase,” added the officer.
In a statement, KMP sources said 21 cases were filed in April, registering seven drug-related offences. However, in May, 41 cases have been lodged, including four rape and five drug-related cases. In June the numbers jumped higher, with 73 cases filed, reporting two murders, one rape, and 51 drug-related cases.
In July, the numbers spiked even higher with two murder, three rapes and 159 drug cases registered, marking the maximum number of cases in the district since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
The spike in the crime rate, especially drug-related offences in Khulna, is not only worrying law enforcement but the general population as well. Political representatives are also stating their concerns.
Representatives of the Khulna Mahanagar Awami League, and Khulna Mayor Talukdar Abdul Khalek, stated their concerns at a local conference and have released a statement where they asked law enforcement to take extensive measures to control Khulna’s drug syndicates.
Contacted, KMP Commissioner Khondokar Lutful Kabir said: “We have zero tolerance towards drug dealers and conducting regular drives to arrest them.”
The commissioner said they held a video conference meeting with prominent figures of the local administration to discuss issues of the greatest concern for the district.
At least 91 mobile courts were formed and they have conducted countless drives in July, said Yousuf Ali, additional magistrate of Khulna.
“Legal action was taken against 247 people and Tk3,63,905 in fines have been handed out to different persons,” he added.