The cases of rapes of minor and mentally challenged girls would be filed in fast track courts. However, the Government found itself helpless in tracking smuggling of drugs at bus stations and railway stations following less number of sniffer dog squads.
Finally the growing cases of chain-snatching, rapes cases wherein the victims are minor and mentally challenged girs, and drug addiction among youths have drawn the attention of Government. The Home Minister R R Patil has announced in the Vidhan Sabha that now onwards the Police Inspectors, under whose police station jurisdictions the incidents of chain-snatching increase, would be transferred immediately as punishment. Similarly, the cases of rapes of minor and mentally challenged girls would be filed in fast track courts. However, the Government found itself helpless in tracking smuggling of drugs at bus stations and railway stations following less number of sniffer dog squads.
Replying to starred questions raised during Question Hour, the Home Minister informed the members Milind Kamble, Jitendra Awhad, Nawab Malik, and Ram Shinde, who have expressed concern over ever growing incidents of chain-snatching, the Government and police are serious in curbing the crime. Kamble mentioned an incident wherein a woman was robbed of 700 tolas of gold and Rs 45 lakh in cash in a Mumbai suburb and demanded strict action to reduce the crime. The Opposition members claimed nexus between chain-snatchers and police in the crime.
The Home Minister R R Patil further informed the House that till now 1700 incidents of chain-snatchings have been reported this year in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra. The most shocking part of the chain-snatching incidents is that some youths were involved just to enjoy parties and other habits for few days, Patil said and added that the Government has taken a serious note of ever increasing incidents of chain-snatching. Directives have been issued to every police station in the State to curb the crime with heavy hand, and even if the incidents show an increase in the jurisdiction of a particular police station, the Police Inspector would be transferred immediately.
RAPES OF MINOR AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED GIRLS:
The Home Minister R R Patil informed the House that the rapes cases wherein the victims are minor and mentally challenged girls, the trials of the accused would be run in fast courts. He was replying to a member who raised the rape of a mentally challenged girl in Bid and an enormous increase of rape cases in the State.
The Opposition cornered the Home Minister by charging that apart from growing incidents of thefts, rapes, the drug mafias are running the show because of open freedom from the Government. The Home Minister admitted the drugs are being transported by buses and trains and not by flights. The Government needs sniffer dog squads to effectively curb the smuggling of drugs. The concerned departments have been directed to prepare proposals in this regard, Patil said.