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Bihar Police Reform Brings Steep Drop in Violent Crime

India on 11 June 2013
Location : Bihar, India | Source : Khabar. Image Source: Bihar Police

On November 4th, 2011, Sunil Thakur, a blacksmith in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, received the shock of his life when top district officials visited his makeshift furnace, handed him six hand-made pistols (kattas), and directed him to convert them into farm tools.

 

After an hour's labour, Sunil made a shovel, a sickle and a hoe.

People in Bihar recall this incident as emblematic of the astonishing transformation of Bihar from "jungle raj" (barbarian rule) to sushashan (good governance), thanks to initiatives by Bihar police to curb illegal firearms, and other measures.

Between 2005 and 2011, the number of violent crimes in Bihar – murder, banditry and kidnapping– dropped from 3,423 to 2,198, 1,191 to 556, and 251 to 57, respectively, according to national crime records.

"Though Bihar still remains the second-most criminal state in the country after Uttar Pradesh, the effective policing system in the state and speedy trials have helped it to achieve one of the highest conviction rates in the country," National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Director General Shafi Alam told Khabar South Asia. (click below to read more)

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