Chandigarh: Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) VK Bhavra on Monday said 158 murders took place in the state in first 100 days of this year.
In a press conference, the DGP said that on an average 50 murders took place every month. He clarified that there has been a slight decrease in murder cases in the last two years.
Last year, there were 724 murder cases, which means more than 60 murder cases on average every month, he said, adding that 757 murder cases were reported in 2020.
Admitting that the figures were not ‘happy thing’ for the police, he said that cooperation of the public is needed to bring the situation under control. He said out of 158 cases, six were related to ‘organised crime’ in which 24 accused were arrested and weapons and vehicles used in the crimes have also been seized.
Referring to the Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) constituted recently on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, he said 545 gangsters have been identified and divided into three categories.
Out of these, there are 515 were those who were arrested earlier and some in jails and some out on bail. The police is keeping an eye on the activities of all, the DGP added.
He also appealed to the public for cooperation and said family, marital dispute or mutual enmity that result in crime should be resolved by going to the police, courts or society.