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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

6,767 criminals convicted after speedy trial in the first half of 2009

As many as 6,767 criminals have so far been convicted in Bihar this year till June following speedy trial conducted for ensuring quick disposal ofcrime cases. Out of these, 8 criminals were awarded capital punishment and901 were awarded life imprisonment, a police headquarters press note onTuesday said. Patna with 658 convictions, has again topped the list followed by Nalanda(576) and Muzaffarpur 453). These figures are based on the convictionstill June this year. In 2008, too, Patna had topped the list and a total of 1,301 criminalswere convicted here after speedy trial. The state government, in its moveto bring criminals to terms, launched a special drive for speedy trial incriminal cases in 2006 which so far has delivered very good results. In the launching year, a total of 6,839 criminals were convicted and thefigure went up to 9,853 in 2007. The tempo was maintained in 2008 during which a total of 12,007 criminals were convicted in Bihar. Having crossed the 6,700mark in the first 6 months of the current year,the state is likely to improve its performance compared to the previousyear. What should work as a deterrent for the criminals is the fact thatout of a total conviction of 35,466 criminals between January 2006 andJune 2009, a whopping 6,765 have been awarded life imprisonment and 91 ofthem capital punishment.

(Source: The Times of India, 8 July)

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