In a first, NCRB lists crimes in 'anti-national', 'jihadi' categories

Lynchings or attacks on journalists were not included, citing unreliable/vague data


The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), for the first time, in its latest 2017 crime list, added a category of crimes conducted by 'anti-national elements', including northeast insurgents, naxalites /LWEs, terrorists (including jihadi terrorists). According to the report, northeast insurgents committed 10 murders, eight of them from Jharkhand, naxalites/LWEs were responsible for 82 murders, 79 from Chhattisgarh, and terrorists (including jihadi terrorists) committed 36 murders, 34 of them from Jammu and Kashmir. According to NCRB, Naxalites committed 652 criminal acts, followed by northeast insurgents at 421 and terrorists (including jihadi terrorists) at 377.

The NCRB has not included a number of parameters in its latest report as data assessed were "vague" and "unreliable". A home ministry official said the parameters which were not included in the NCRB report include lynching, crime against RTI activists, journalists, social activists, besides others. "NCRB did not include murder due to lynching and other heads as data based on these parameters was assessed as 'vague/unreliable'," a home ministry official said.

With registration of over three lakh FIRs, Uttar Pradesh topped the crime list in the country, followed by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi.

Overall, 30,62,579 cases were registered across the country in 2017, up from 29,75,711 in 2016 and 29,49,400 in 2015, according to the annual data which was released last night after a delay of more than one year.

UP, also the most populous state, registered 3,10,084 cases during the year and had the highest share of 10.1 per cent in the country, it stated. The data showed an upward trend for straight third year in UP, which had recorded 2,82,171 cases in 2016 and 2,41,920 in 2015.

Maharashtra, which accounted for 9.4 per cent of crime in the country, registered 2,88,879 FIRs in 2017, 2,61,714 in 2016 and 2,75,414 in 2015, according to the NCRB.

Madhya Pradesh registered 2,69,512 FIRs in 2017 and accounted for 8.8 per cent overall cases. It had lodged 2,68,614 cases in 2015 and 2,64,418 in 2016, the data showed.