Bapatla district witnessed a large number of 644 road accidents during the year 2022 in which 263 people were killed, 666 injured while 51 sexual assaults took place.
Superintendent of police Vakul Jindal informed the media about the crimes, other offences, incidents and accidents which have taken place in the district during the year 2022.
The SP said that the road accidents were considerably reduced in the second half of the year. He said that 12 murders took place in the second half of 2021 and 40 murders took place in the year 2022.
He said that 51 rapes cases registered during 2022 as against 35 cases during the second half of the year 2021 while 58 grave offences were taken place in the year 2022.
The SP said that 184 cheating cases were registered in the district during the year 2022 while 755 offences against women took place in the year. He said that 574 crimes of burglary, robberies and thefts took place in the district in 2022.
Since the creation of the new Bapatla district, 51 POCSO have been registered. During the year 2022, 1341 accused were sentenced to prison in various offences of which 8 were sentenced to life imprisonment in murder cases, one accused sentenced to life in POCSO case, two got 10 years conviction and 1327 accused got less than five years imprisonment.
The police in the district issued 1,20,026 E-challens and imposed Rs 2,58,13,700 worth penalties on motorists for traffic violations besides 1135 drunk driving cases were registered.
The district SP laid special focus on curbing the brewing and selling of country-made liquor. Special police teams conducted raids at various places during the year 2022 and destroyed 814.55 litres of country-made liquor and 16,898 litres of jaggery wash meant for brewing country-made liquor besides 187 cases were registered against the traders who sold ingredients to distil illicit liquor.
The police also seized 11,030 KG of black jaggery which is the main ingredient to distil illicit liquor and the PD Act was invoked against 13 illicit liquor distillers and sellers who are in Rajahmundry Central prison now.
The police rehabilitated 64 illicit liquor selling families under Operation Parivartan 2.0 by giving them cattle and helping them to open milk selling kiosks, tiffin centres and grocery stores and the police ensured the banks sanctioned Rs 68.70 lakh loans to them. SP Vakul Jindal said that the CCTV cameras helped a lot to the police as they had given valuable clues. A total number 661 surveillance cameras were installed in the district at all vulnerable places.
District Additional SP P Mahesh, DCRB DSP Lakshmaiah, DSPs A Srinivasa Rao, P Srikanth, T Muralikrishna, Prem Kumar and other police officials were present.