Crime including atrocities against women registered a sharp rise in the State in 2012 compared to the previous years.
According to the report on the important activities of the Home Department circulated in the Assembly, 1,458 rape cases were reported in the State during 2012 compared to 1,112 in 2011 registering a rise of 31.1 per cent.
Four rape cases were reported daily in the State in 2012. The number of rape cases registered in 2010 was 1,025.
Other crimes have also registered a sharp rise in the State during the period. Murder cases have increased from 1,477 cases in 2011 to 1,548 in 2012.
Cases of robbery too increased to 1,613 from 1,583 while dacoity remained the same at 501.
According to the report, burglary and theft cases also registered a sharp increase in 2012 compared to 2011. While the number of burglary cases has jumped to 3,430 from 3,031, 9,630 theft cases were reported in 2012 compared to 8,724 in 2011.
The number of rioting has also increased to 2,205 in 2012 compared 1,556 in 2011 while 1,633 swindling cases were reported in 2012 against 1,401 in 2011, the report said.
However, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) activities showed a progressive decline during 2012, the report said and added that Maoists committed 104 incidents involving the death of 19 security personnel and 25 civilians during the year.
There has been improvement in the situation in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Deogarh districts, the report said and added that even in Gajapati, Ganjam and Sundargarh (including Rourkela police district), the intensity of Maoist activities and violence has come down.
In the current year till February 10, six incidents of Maoist violence have been reported (two each in Malkangiri and Nuapada and one each in Balangir and Bargarh) which caused the death of three civilians.
The report said pro-active security response resulted in the death of 10 Maoists, arrest of 167 cadres and surrender of 35 during 2012.