Preliminary data on criminal incidents in the country shows that although the level of crimes like robbery, theft, gender violence and child repression nudged downwards in the first quarter of 2013 – compared to that in the previous year – incidents of murder, dacoity and kidnapping upped during this time.
A total of 1,008 murders, including politically motivated murders, were recorded with different police stations across the country in between January 1 and March 31 this year while the figure was 987 in the same period last year, UNB reported referring to a source in police headquarters.
According to the statistics, 312 killings occurred in January, 313 in February and 383 in March this year while the number was 304, 320 and 363 respectively in 2012,
On January 1, Pathikullah Pathik, 50, a member of Narsingdi Sadar upazila BNP executive committee, was fatally injured when a gang of miscreants stormed into the local party office and stabbed him. He died on the way to hospital.
On February 3, Nur Mohammad Milon, 40, president of local Bansa Bazar Banik Samity of Chatkhil upazila in Noakhali, sustained bullet injuries near Bansa Bazar. Doctors declared him dead after he had been taken to the Chatkhil Upazila Health Complex.
On March 3, Jamaat-Shibir men allegedly beat and stabbed constable Omar Faruk of Harinakundu police station in Jhenaidah, leaving him dead on the spot.
A total of 162 incidents of dacoity were recorded with different police stations in the first three months of the current year, as opposed to the 160 incidents in the same period of last year.
On March 16, a gang of bandits stormed into the flat of Dr Abul Kalam Azad on the first floor of a multi-storey building at 28 Bijoynagar in the capital and looted 90 tolas of gold ornaments and other valuables worth about Tk5.3m.
Different police stations in different places of the country recorded some 217 incidents of robbery during the time between January 1 and March 31 this year, while the figure was 265 in the same period in last year.
On March 20 this year, robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and other valuables worth Tk200,000 from the house of one Mannan Sheikh at Ratanpur village in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur early in the morning.
Besides, 652 burglaries took place and were reported to police stations in the aforesaid period this year. On the other hand, the number was 744 in 2012.
A total of 3,971 incidents of violence against women, including 812 rapes, were recorded throughout the country in the first quarter of 2013, against the 4,705 incidents, including 827 rapes, of 2012.
Moreover, police recorded as many as 2,009 incidents of theft across the country in the current year whereas the figure was 2,182 last year.
Some 373 incidents of child repression occurred between January 1 and March 31 this year while the number was 430 in the previous year.
A total of 231 incidents of kidnapping, including political kidnappings, occurred in the first quarter of this year, which was 182 in the same period in 2012.
However, Additional Inspector General of Police (admin and operation) Shahidul Haque countered these findings, saying: “We do not think that incidents of crime rose as much in the first three months of this year, as law enforcement agencies performed their duties round the clock to check security breaches.”
Asked about the statistics on murder, he said, “Incidents of murder may have risen up as some police officials were killed in political violence during that time.”
“But we have ordered the departments concerned to heighten their vigilance in crime-prone areas so that no untoward incidents take place,” he said.
He further said that law enforcement agencies are always on alert and taking stern and immediate action whenever criminal incidents are reported to them.