‘Jhoot ka phool’: Akhilesh Yadav slams government over NCRB data

Uttar Pradesh: National president of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav tweeted an info graph about the NCRB data giving it a hashtag ‘Jhoot ka phool’ (flower of lie) slaming the central government.

In 2020, while the ‘traditional crime’ such as those committed against women and children, among others, it witnessed a big spike in civil conflicts went down, National Crime Reports Bureau’s (NCRB) data shows that communal clashes soared.

Traditional crime decline, riots soar

According to the latest data on ‘Crime in India’ released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), communal riots registered an increase of 96% in 2020 over the previous year. Similarly, caste riots saw an increase of close to 50%, agrarian riots 38% and riots during ‘andolan/morcha’ increased by 33%.

The number of cases registered for crimes against women, children and senior citizens, theft, burglary, robbery and dacoity, among others, dropped by about 2 lakh due to the complete lockdown from March 25 and May 31 last year says NCRB report. Murder registered a marginal increase of 1% even as offences falling under the category of “violent crimes” decreased by 0.5%.

Communal Riots related to CAA

2020 saw 857 cases of communal riots being registered across the country as compared to 438 in 2019, according to the NCRB data. Most of the 2020 cases are related to the Northeast Delhi riots of February last year. Delhi Police alone registered 520 cases of communal riots in the year.

‘Offences against the State’ cases increased in UP

‘Offences against the State’ which includes cases related to sedition and waging war against the nation, those falling under provisions of the– Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Official Secrets Act and Damage to Public Property Act saw a significant drop, with a drop of 27% over 2019. UP was the only major state to record an increase in this category, mostly due to the large number of ‘Damage to Public Property’ cases registered by the state, many of them during the anti- CAA protests.

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