Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on Odisha’s economic system. Attributable to an alarming improve in unemployment, many individuals resorted to felony actions to make ends meet. Consequently crimes within the State spiked ever since authorities started implementing pandemic induced lockdowns and shutdowns.
Nonetheless, the variety of accidents got here down as most individuals had been pressured to remain indoors through the lockdown and shutdown durations, lowering vehicular site visitors and the resultant accidents on roads.
In keeping with the State authorities Residence division’s standing committee report, a complete of 1,34,230 cognizable offences together with 1470 homicide, 514 dacoity, 2166 robbey, 4500 housebreaking, 10412 theft, 3524 swindling, 2059 rioting and 2984 rape instances had been reported in 2020. The pandemic ravaged 12 months witnessed over 10 per cent improve within the crime price than these reported within the earlier 12 months (2019).
Nonetheless, the variety of casualties in highway accidents within the State got here down by 65 per cent through the lockdown interval– from March 14 to Could 31– final 12 months. Furthermore, the State reported solely 9,817 numbers of highway accidents throughout the entire 12 months.
The Odisha Police made a report seizure of 1374 quintals of ganja and 34 kilograms of brown sugar final 12 months. As many as 1800 drug peddlers had been arrested underneath the Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on this connection. The seizure amount was greater than final 10 years of cumulative seizure.
Throughout 2020-21, greater than 20,000 acres of hashish cultivation had been destroyed which can be a nationwide report.