With easy access to internet, there has been phenomenal increase of cyber crimes in Dibrugarh district over the years. The Upper Assam district has witnessed an increase of a whopping 116% cases during the last one year.
According to information available from the office of Dibrugarh Superintendent of Police, the case of cyber crimes has leapfrogged from 24 cases in 2016 to 52 cases in 2017.
“With the rising popularity of social networking sites, there has also been an increase in the cases of defamation on those sites,” said a top police official. “We have received a number of cases related to defamation, threats and personal attacks made through social media,” added the official.
According to data, the district also saw an increase of crimes related to robbery as well as dowry in 2017 compared to the previous year. At the same time, incidents of murder, rape, extortion, theft, rioting and NDPS (Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases registered a decline in 2017.
Robbery cases rose from 29 in 2016 to 50 in 2017 while there were two robbery cases this year as against none in 2016. Dowry related cases were up by 16% in 2017.
As many as 285 dowry cases were lodged in different police stations of the district this year compared to 244 in the previous year.
The figures shows that the number of murder cases marginally declined from 65 to 56, rape cases were down from 37 to 29, extortion down from 14 to 12, theft down from 511 to 496, rioting cases down from 5 to 3 and NDPS cases down from 19 to 8.