Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir saw as many as four communal riots last year, while the PDP-BJP alliance was in power, says the crime report for 2014 and 2015, compiled by the police. The two-year report compiled by the police’s Crime Branch said no communal riot took place in any part of the state during the National Conference-Congress coalition in 2014.
Also, the report claimed no custodial death or killing took place in the past two years, contradicting reports from state civil rights groups. A report by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) had said that one custodial killing took place in 2015 while three were reported in 2014.
“On February 11, Nazir Ahmad Mughal, resident of Gujjar Pati village of Zirhama, Kupwara was killed in police custody. A prisoner Mushtaq Ahmad Gilkar, 40, a resident of Kolipora locality of Khanyar was lodged in Srinagar Central Jail under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in 2009. The relatives of Mushtaq termed the death as custodial killing demanding an impartial inquiry into his killing,” that report had said.
Similarly, the two other cases, the JKCCS report said, were that of Muneer Ahmad Manhas, a soldier from Territorial Army and a resident of Kamalkote Uri, who according to police was found dead in police station Ram Munshibagh on April 3, 2014. The other alleged custodial killing was that of Mudasir Sofi, son of Abdul Gani Sofi of Sofi Mohalla, Palhallan, who had told his family (which alleged the custodial death) that he was going to Gulmarg for a picnic with his friends.
Crimes falling under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the report reveals, saw a drastic increase last year. About 600 cases were registered under the Act, compared to 405 in 2014.
The report does not list any cases of enforced disappearances or torture.
Last year, crimes such as cases of molestation, rape, eve teasing and murder decreased, however, kidnapping and motor vehicle thefts saw an upward trend. The graph of murder cases also came down to 133 cases as against 154 in the same period in 2014. Similarly, 1,342 cases of molestation were reported last year as against 1,400 cases in 2014 while eve teasing saw a decrease of close to 100 cases as against 307 in 2014.
Cases of kidnapping rose by about 300 last year, as compared to 858 cases in 2014. Similarly, as against 700 motor vehicle thefts in 2014, last year saw an increase of nearly 100 cases. There were even three cases of bicycles being stolen last year.
Temple idols and cattle seem among the favorites for thieves. Two idols were stolen in 2015, double of what was reported in the preceding year. Last year alone saw an increase of 28 cases of cattle theft, which were at 86 in 2014.
Crimes against public servants, however, remained almost same in the past two years with 536 cases of assaults reported in 2015. Dowry deaths saw an increase of one last year, as against five cases earlier, but domestic violence cases against women declined by 68 cases as against 468 cases in 2014.
Inspector General of Crime Branch Muneer Khan said that cyber and drug-abuse related crimes have also seen an increasing trend.