Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Thirty-five Metro passengers fall prey to thieves and pickpockets every day in 2017, with wallets, cellphones and small bags topping the list of stolen items on an everyday basis. Special commissioner of police (operations, airport and Metro) Sanjay Baniwal attributed the spurt to e-filing of FIR’s and launch of new Metro police stations.
When it was launched, the Metro had just 40,000 passengers in 2002-03. Now it carries 2.7 million passengers on a 230 km-long network. Serious offences such as murder, robbery, rape etc. were negligible. Only three such cases – two of robbery and one of rioting – were reported, compared to five in 2016 which was also a murder. Police have succeeded some casa as well as well as solved around 21.5% cases in 2017 compared to just 3% in 2016.