Guwahati Man Shot Dead in Broad Daylight: How Illegal Firearms Flooding State?

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The capital city of Guwahati has seen a sharp rise of 23 percent in murder cases between January and July this year
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Guwahati: Tall claims of Assam police of improving the law and order situation in the state fell flat when an employee of Purabi Dairy, the state’s dairy brand, was shot dead by unknown gunmen from zero range at Panjabari area in broad daylight on Monday in the capital city of Guwahati.

The deceased identified as Ranjit Bora sustained bullet injuries in his head and was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Eyewitnesses claimed at least three rounds were fired.

Police sources said, “He was on his way to a bank to deposit Rs 2.5 lakh in a four-wheeler. The money was looted too. Locals claimed that the miscreants were bike-borne.” No one was arrested till the filing of this report.

The incident shook the denizens in the capital city and panic gripped the area. “What’s going on? Every now and then there are incidents of murder, finding of dead bodies, chain snatching, flashing of firearms, mob lynching, etc. happening in the city. The chief minister must intervene and step up to instill a sense of security,” cried locals in the area.

Despite Assam police have been boasting over the fact that most militant groups in Assam have laid down arms over the last couple of years, the availability of arms among criminals continued to be a concern.

In 2021, in some 189 incidents registered under the Arms Act in the state, the use of illegal arms was recorded in 186 incidents. In three other cases, legal or licensed arms were found to be involved.

State police records said that at least 2215 cases were registered in the state under Arms Act between 2015 and 2020.  

Trends highlighted that though the majority of the rebel outfits have either declared a ceasefire or laid down arms, the movement of illegal arms has shifted hands from insurgents to criminals.

A previous investigation revealed that arms smugglers in the region use the railways to transport illegal arms and ammunition.

Rising Crimes in Guwahati

The capital city of Guwahati has seen a sharp rise of 23 percent in murder cases between January and July this year in comparison to the number of murder cases registered during the same period in 2021.

However, the city has recorded a drop of some 48 percent in overall crime cases registered this year. A major decline in the number of crimes against the property during the same period as last year was also recorded.

As per the official record, from January to July this year, the city police recorded at least 37 murder cases, a rise of 23 percent, in comparison to 30 murder cases in 2021 (Jan-July).

The data said that while altogether 11, 923 cases were recorded in the first six months of 2021, the numbers came down to 6236 this year during the same period. 

The maximum drop in percentage was recorded in robbery cases in the city. In comparison to 515 robbery cases reported from January to July 2021; city police recorded 135 robbery cases this year. Similarly, theft, extortion and burglary cases have also declined drastically.

The records highlighted that from 313 kidnapping and 41 rape cases recorded in the first six months of 2021, the city registered some 210 kidnapping and 39 rape cases this year. This year, crimes against children have also dropped by 60 percent during the same period.

On the other hand, the city police have recorded a rise in crimes related to narcotics. Thanks to the ongoing police crackdown against illegal drug rackets. At least 151 cases were recorded in the first six months of this year while 128 cases were recorded in 2021.

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