Crime rate in Punjab rises despite Rs442 billion investment on police

Crime rate in Punjab rises despite Rs442 billion investment on police: The crime rate in Punjab continues to increase in past six years despite the hefty investment of Rs 442 billion on police.

According to a media report, as many as 19 innocent people have lost their lives due to the heedlessness of the police for which at least 21,987 cases pertaining to inefficient performance and alleged involvement in corruption have also been registered against them.

Some law enforcement agencies have also accepted that bribe or reference is required to lodge any FIR in Punjab as police are reluctant to perform without monetary funding.

For the improvement of the security personnel, the provincial government had brought special force from Turkey but it was also restricted to the protocol of higher officials or VVIP and was not used for the eradication of the crimes.

Shedding light on the quota of police in previous budgets, it was learnt that more than Rs 442 billion was reserved for the security officers in Punjab. In 2011 to 2012, Rs52 billion was spent on them but the crime rate increased by 82 percent.

The report stated that as many as 1,30,887 cases were registered at different police stations in Punjab among which 899 cases were of murders, 3219 of kidnapping while 643 cases were of rape and child abuse.

On the other hand, Punjab police officers have claimed that decreased in crimes has been witnessed this year whereas spokesman to Punjab government Malik Ahmed Khan has said that performance of the police was satisfactory throughout the year.  He said that steps are being taken to ensure protection to the citizens and to improve law and order situation in the province.

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