The city police were kept really busy this past year — the crime rate did go up but so did the number of cases solved.
Even though the efficacy of these claims is not backed by sufficient data and comparison, a statement released by the police said they resolved 27 blind murder cases in 2011.
Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of Police resolved most of the cases. Out of the cases transferred to them from different police stations, the CIA police managed to resolve five murder cases.
Four blind murder cases, where no eyewitnesses or clear evidence was available, were resolved by the Golra and Shehzad Town police. Similarly, Secretariat and Industrial Area police traced three murderers each while Aabapara and Margalla police managed to solve two murder cases each.
Quoting the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad, the spokesperson of the police said, “All available resources were utilised to collect evidence against the suspects and they were arrested and produced before the courts concerned along with challans against them.”
The IGP had directed the police to give priority to investigations into murder cases.
Sihala, Kohsar, Tarnol and Koral each solved one murder case. Kohsar Police Station has jurisdiction over a vast urban centre including posh areas and does not register a high murder rate.
However, Koral, Sihala and Tarnol mostly have jurisdiction over areas in the outskirts of the city or rural areas of Islamabad. Due to several land disputes and domestic troubles, these police stations register most of the murder cases reported in a year and fail to resolve most of them, according to the data.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2011.
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