Over 1,000 criminal cases registered in Kabul in 6 months
At least 173 people were killed, 331 wounded, 405 incidents of robbery, snatching of 50 vehicles and 157 instance of immorality committed. At least 1,452 individuals were arrested and referred to the Attorney General Office.
Col. Faridoon Obaidi, head of the criminal and investigation department of the 101st Asmayee Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of under-investigation and unresolved criminal cases was low, but police remained committed to arresting all criminals.
The officials expressed concern over the increase in murder cases and said as many as 90 percent killers had been detained. The graph of targeted killing would fall soon, he promised without elaborating.
Most of murdershappen due to family and local disputes over land or intake of alcoholor other drugs that leave consumers out of their senses. Obaidi said police had taken decisive measure to control robberies and other crimes.
Police caught red-handed four groups of thieves while robbing homes. They have been referred to the judiciary. In the first six months of the solar year, police nabbed at least 192 suspected killers, 409 for injuring others, 393 for robberies, 79 for looting passengers and 379 in connection with immoral acts.
Given below are details of criminal incidents in the first six months of the solar year:
March 21- April 20 (Hamal)
According to statistics from 101stAsmayeezone, two of every five offences were robberies and one murder.Obaidi voiced satisfaction over the falling number of crimes in Kabul, saying the capital had greater population and faced more economic and social challenges.
April 21- May 22 (Sawr)
During this period, there was increase in carjacking incidents. At least 79 people were arrested for involvement in such cases. Obaidi said most of vehicles were returned to their owners after they were recovered.
May 22 to October 22 (Jawza)
More than 50 percent of cases in Kabul included murders and injuries. Obaidi said the detention of 600 attackers showed police were taking decisive action against such criminals.
June 22 to July 23 (Sartan)
The percentage of criminal cases was higher than other months. The crime branch chief said police detained more criminals than ever during the month.
July 23 to August 23 (Asad)
Most of moral crimes were registered in Asad, according to Obaidi, who said: “We are dealing strictly all crimesagainst citizens. In addition to controlling organised crime, we also take action against those involved in moral crimes and pickpockets.”
He said of the 379 immoral individuals detained, 15 were accused of drinking alcohol and 18 others of adultery.Around 1,500 bottles of wine were seized before they were sold.
Several factories producing alcoholic beverages were closed and their staff detained in the past six months in Kabul. Obaidi said the main causes of crimes were poverty, joblessness and cultural aggression by some foreign countries.
Cable and dish TVs, family problems, lack of parental control over children, poor upbringing and inability of schools to groom students properly are among the causes of crimes.
The level of crime in the first half year of the current year was higher compare to the previous year. Obaidi attributed the rise to more detentions and speedier investigations.
August 23 to September 23 (Sunbula)
Most of robbery cases took place in Sunbula.Obaidi said 51 robbery incidents were recorded in Hamal, 51 in Sawr, 63 in Jawza, 60 in Saratan, 64 in Asad and 66 in Sunbula.
Nine kidnapping incidents were also registered and 20 suspects detained during the first six months of the ongoing year.Afghan forces rescued seven people from kidnappers without paymentof ransom, he claimed.
Some peculiar crimes occurred in certain parts of Kabul due to populationdensity, he explained. Most of clashes happened in the fourth, second, ninth and 10th police districts.
Sales of narcotics, snatching of vehicles at gunpoint and some terroristic acts happened in the second, fourth, fifth, eighth, 10th and 11th police districts.
Commenting on recent insecurity incidents in some parts of Kabul, Obaidi assured the people there was nothing to worry about because security forces were always trying to improve the situation.
He urged the people not to listen to propaganda of Afghanistan’s enemies -- a euphemism for militants.
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