Guwahati, Nov 4: The recent report of National Crime Records Bureau indicates that mining is getting bloody in India. Mining states Jharkhand and Meghalaya are at Top 2 positions when it comes to rate of murder in country. Another mining state Chhattisgarh is on the 5th spot on the murder rate chart followed by Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha.
As per reports, the rate of murder (cases of murder per 1 lac population) is 4.5 in Jharkhand, 3.9 in Meghalaya, 3.7 in Chhattisgarh, 3.5 in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and 3.1 in Odisha. National average rate of murder crime was 2.4 in year 2016.
The relatively lower ranking of states like Bihar (ranked 17) and Uttar Pradesh (ranked 20) which are known for their law & order problems further embolden this theory that higher rate of murder in these mining stares are connected to illegal mining.
Though report also indicates a significant downfall in cases of murder in these mining states. Meghalaya had reported a total 159 murder cases in 2014, a total 149 cases of murder in 2015 and 108 in 2016. Assam has also recorded a significant downfall in total reported cases of murder. In 2014, Assam had reported a total 1451 cases of murder which was reduced to 1343 in 2015 and 1149 in 2016.
Nothing reflects the clout of the mining mafia more than gun power. At one level, mining mafias target each other and at another level, when the police and authorities try to pull up socks against the mafia, they attack them too.
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