BHUBANESHWAR:While rape cases increased in 2015-16 compared to the previous year, 1621 cases were registered till December 31 in 2016-17, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in the assembly today.
In a written reply to a question from Duryodhan Majhi (BJP), the chief minister said rape cases increased from 2082 in 2014-15 to 2313 in 2015-16. Similarly, theft and murder also increased in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.
While 9886 cases of theft were registered in 2015-16, the number of theft in 2014-15 was 9569. Murder cases increased from 1440 in 2014-15 to 1482 in 2015-16. However, dacoity cases decreased from 571 to 507 during the period, he said.
The chief minister said by December 31, 57 and 49 rape cases were registered in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack urban police districts respectively. Rape cases had increased in Bhubaneswar from 81 in 2014-15 to 87 in 2015-16.
Mayurbhanj district has witnessed the highest 114 rape cases during 2016-17 followed by 114 in Balasore district.
The chief minister said 83 rape cases were registered in Kandhamal during the same period.
The chief minister said growing urbanisation, increasing consumerism, changing value system, misuse of internet and increase in urban population are some of the contributing factors for crime in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Khurda.
He said in 2016-17, three cases of theft of cash from ATMs by hacking have been registered in Bhubaneswar urban police district. Intensification of patrolling, greater CCTV surveillance and deployment of police in plain clothes and better coordination with bank authorities have been established to curb such crime.