SRIKAKULAM: At a time when rural Andhra Pradesh is making headlines for a spurt in crime, a sleepy village in Kaviti mandal of Srikakulam district is gloating about being an exception to the trend.
With a population of 1,000, Bairipuram village, which is around 110 km away from the district headquarters, has not registered a single crime since the Independence.
Some 15 years ago, a case on legal dispute was registered at its police station.
“Keeping the village free of crime is our tradition,” the villagers say. In case of petty disputes, they still approach the headmen seeking a solution.
“We live like a big family though there may be differences. Since my childhood, I have never heard of any crime here. Our ancestors kept the village free from disputes and we religiously follow it,” says SeepanaVenakata Ramana, one of the village heads.