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Poor conviction rate by State police
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, June 16 – Assam Police’s, fight to improve the conviction rate of heinous crimes like murder, rape and abduction failed to yield any distinct result in 2012 although its neighbouring State Mizoram recorded 100 per cent conviction in murder and abduction cases, the highest in the country. The NCRB report was for the year 2012 released on June 13.

According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau figures for the year 2012, while the State Police managed to prove only 37.6 of the total murder cases during the period, Mizoram Police had made a strong case in all the cases thereby recording 100 per cent result.

In case of rape charges, while Assam Police could hold 19.2 per cent arrested accused as guilty in the court of law, Mizoram tasted a success rate of 82 per cent. Assam has a female population of over 1.5 crore.

In case of kidnapping/abduction too, Mizoram Police proved its mettle registering 100 per cent conviction compared to its counterpart in Assam which had a poor 8.2 per cent conviction rate to show in its kitty.

The NCRB record which was released this week also showed that compared to conviction rate of 16.2 per cent in cases related to burglary in Assam, Mizoram secured 66.7 per cent success.

Many attribute the glaring difference in policing between the two States to the reliability on scientific evidence.

While Assam Police hardly follows a scientific line of investigation, its counterpart follows the most sensible method of investigation.

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