Bhubaneswar: Following the sensational broad daylight triple murder on the national highway connecting the State capital with Puri district headquarters town on Sunday afternoon hours and the gun firing incident in Kendrapara on Saturday evening hours, issue of law and order situation in Odisha dominated the scene during the proceedings of House today.
Duet to ruckus created by both BJP and Congress members, Speaker Surya Narayan Patro had to adjourn the House till 3 pm soon after the Zero Hour marked uproarious scene by the opposition lawmakers.
Pandemonium by BJP and Congress members over lack of law and order situation in the State stalled the House proceedings today.
Soon after the Assembly session resumed after 3 pm, pandemonium by the Oppositon marred again the House proceedings following which Speaker had to adjourn till 3.20 pm and convened an all party meeting in a bid to restore normalcy in House conduct.
On the day during Question-Answer Hour, Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra had posed a written question on “Crime Position in the State” asking “Is it a fact that, the crime rate has alarmingly increased in the State; Will the Government furnish a year-wise category-wise crime position in the State from the year 2010 to till the date?”
In his written reply to the House, Odisha Minister of State, Home Dibya Shankar Mishra asserted, “It is not a fact that the crime rate has alarmingly increased in the State.”
The Minister apprised the House on the year-wise category-wise crime position in the State from the year 2010 to 2019 (up to 30.05.2019).
As per the data provided, total number of crime reported in 2010 was 68508 while in 2018 the figure was 107408 and in 2019 up to May, the position is 45628.
In 2010, ‘Murder’ cases reported were 1308, the figure was 1378 in 2018 while in 2019 up to May, 563 murder cases have been reported.
‘Dacoity’ – 483 reported in 2010, 558 in 2018, 195 in 2019 up to May
‘Robbery’ – 1491 reported in 2010, 2125 in 2018, 898 in 2019 up to May
‘Burglary’ – 2856 reported in 2010, 3713 in 2018, 1395 in 2019 up to May
‘Theft’ – 7672 reported in 2010, 9069 in 2018, 3609 in 2019 up to May
‘Swindling’ – 1108 reported in 2010, 2794 in 2018, 1034 in 2019 up to May
‘Rioting’ – 1779 reported in 2010, 2120 in 2018, 898 in 2019 up to May
‘Rape’ – 1025 reported in 2010, 2502 in 2018, 937 in 2019 up to May
‘MV Accident’ – 9413 reported in 2010, 11262 in 2018, 4900 in 2019 up to May
In his media reactions earlier in the day, former Leader of Opposition and senior Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra said, “Rath Yatra programme in Puri has not yet been over and lakhs of devotees are thronging the place. Police personnel are camping over there. Three persons are being killed in broad daylight near the tent of police camp. This is the glaring instance of law and order deterioration.”
“Hon’ble Chief Minister is in charge of Home Department. Assembly session is on. As per the tradition of Democracy, the Chief Minister should present his statement on the issue and apprised the House. He should apprise the reasons behind and the steps being taken to avert such incidents in future. The crime rate is alarmingly increasing every year. It’s not decreasing. In 2018-19, rape cases have increased to over 300,” he remarked.
Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik stated, “We have cited today scores of such incidents. As the Government is remaining as a mute spectator, it is occurring. As the Chief Minister is in charge of Home Department, he should present his statement on the issue. Instead of the Minister of State for Home presenting his statement, we demand the Leader of the House and Chief Minister should do that.”
On the contrary, Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick defended, “Whatever duty the people have entrusted on the Opposition, they did that in the House. Hence, they resorted to creating din in the House raising several issues.”
“The Minister of Home Department will reply to the House on the issue. Speaker has already ruled,” she contended.