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18,763 proclaimed offenders on police radar in poll season

New Delhi: As the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 date nears, the Delhi Police has tightened the noose on 18,763 proclaimed offenders (PO) and over 8,000 bad characters (BCs)in the city. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik reviewed the monitoring status of criminals.

Police sources told Millennium Post that there are 5,837 bad characters (other crime) from 15 districts and unit are on record till February 24. As many as 2027 robbers and 1261 snatchers are also BCs .

The city police continuously kept an eye on their movement as police checked the movement of 8,508 BCs till February. "At that period of time around 400 BCs were found absent," sources added.

Sources further said that there are 1,402 POs who were involved in heinous cases whereas 17,337 were accused in the non-heinous crime. More than 200 POs have been nabbed by city police.

"All are under the radar of police. Beat staff are regularly maintaining vigil on them," said police adding that the beat staff were also briefed by their senior officers to send every update on the movement of criminals. There are also 9,179 history sheets on record in the city. The Delhi Police top cop in crime review meeting told senior officers including the DCPs to conduct a special drive against history sheeters, proclaimed absconders, fugitive criminals.

Police also maintaining vigil on the bootleggers. According to Delhi Police data (till 24 February) accessed by Millennium Post, there was an increase in the number of habitual bootleggers in the city. "In 2018 there were 241 habitual bootleggers whereas, in the current year, the number increased to 265," the data claimed. Two districts separately have 63 bootleggers. As many as 94 proposals of externment were initiated last year whereas in 2019 around 10 proposals have been taken up while 724 history sheets already opened and 78 history sheets are proposed to be open. LG Anil Baijal had also reviewed preparedness of police for LS Elections – 2019.

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