NCRB report: Punjab is third in the country in NDPS cases, but the rate per lakh is the highest: The Tribune India



Tribune press service

Jupinderjit Singh

Chandigarh, August 31

Once leading the country in the number of drug trafficking cases, Punjab is now ranked third, although the state’s crime rate of 32.8 per lakh population in this category remains at the top of the country. . The rate means about 33 people per lakh engaging in drug trafficking.

All-state crime data for the year 2021 released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) earlier this year reveals that Uttar Pradesh with 10,432 FIRs under the NDPS Act was in the lead, followed by Maharashtra with 10,078 cases while Punjab had 9,972 cases.

In an explanatory note on interpreting the data, the NCRB said: “As crime increases with population, crime per lakh of population (crime rate) may be a better indicator to assess the increase or the decrease in crime. However, there is a word of warning. The main presumption that the rise in police data indicates an increase in crime and therefore a reflection of police ineffectiveness is misleading. “Rising crime” and “rising police crime recording” are clearly two different things. »

The state is sixth nationwide in the possession of drugs for consumption category. It has recorded 4,206 cases (out of a total of 9,972) but the consumption rate per lakh is 13.8, which means that around 14 people out of a given lakh would be drug users. Punjab is third in the category with Kerala (14.3) and Arunachal Pradesh (14.2).

The state leads in the drug possession category for trafficking. The NCRB report indicates that 5,766 cases (out of a total of 9,972) were registered against people for possession of drugs for contraband. The rate of 19 people per lakh engaging in drug trafficking is the highest in the country. Himachal Pradesh lags far behind with 14.7 people per lakh involved in drug trafficking.

Punjab led the country in recording cases from 2016 to 2018. It was second in the country in 2019 and 2020. Drug trafficking has remained a hotly debated social, criminal and political issue in the state. The incidence had become high, forcing the government to form a Special Task Force (STF) against drugs.

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