Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha is witnessing rise in overall crime scenario every year, there are as many as 11,000 vacancies in State’s police forces.
The vacancy scenario has come to fore with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik replying to a query by Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray in Assembly admitting it in a written reply.
1,330 sub inspectors’ posts are lying vacant, while 199 inspectors and 164 deputy superintendent of police are also lying vacant.
It may be noted here that Odisha has registered a marginal increase in overall crime during 2017 with 1,03,866 cases registered during 2017 against 1,03,602 cases in 2016.
Of the total, 87,297 cases registered under different sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), charge sheets were filed in 70,045 cases, according to a White Paper tabled by the home department in the Assembly during April this year.
The state, however, witnessed a rise in rape cases in 2017. The number of rape cases registered in the year 2017 was 2,221 against 2,144 cases in the previous year. Of the 2221 rape cases, the police have been able to file charge sheet in 1401 cases, it said.
Besides 2221 cases of rape, it said the total cases registered in 2017 include 1267 murders, 9083 thefts, 2407 rioting and 534 dacoities.
There has been a fall in murder cases in Odisha during 2017 with 1,267 murder cases registered as against 1328 the year before. Charge sheets were filed in 643 cases.