Minister of State for Home Shambhuraj Desai on Tuesday said that the number of crime cases registered in Maharashtra has come down from 5,09,433 in calendar year 2019 to 4,58,667 in 2021, a drop of over 50,000 cases so far. Responding to questions raised by members in the state Legislative Council, however, Desai said he was not comparing the figures for 2020 as that year saw an unprecedented coronavirus-induced lockdown.
“In the calendar year 2019, 5,09,433 criminal cases were registered by the police. 4,58,667 criminal cases have been registered so far in the current year, which is a decline of around 50,966 cases,” he said. “I know most of 2020 was under unprecedented lockdown. Very few people came out. So, I am not using those numbers for comparison. There are some 17-18 heads under which these cases have been registered Under most of these heads, there has been a decline in cases registered in 2021 as compared to 2019,” he informed the council.
He said cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have come down from 2,800 in 2019 to 2,628 this year.