Due to poor investigation and weak charge sheets filed by the police in the court, the conviction rate in Tripura is once again on the decline.
The latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed the decreasing conviction rate in the state.
According to the report, the national average conviction rate is 57 per cent, while the rate in Tripura is just 33.8 per cent.
All other northeastern states have a much higher conviction rate than Tripura.
Many crimes in the state either go undetected or the criminals involved in them manage to get acquitted due to flaws in faulty investigation or weak charge sheet.
The matter is proved by the fact that in October 2017 Dipak Kumar Mandal, the then acting commandant of the BSF’s 145th battalion, was run over by a cattle-smuggler pickup van in Balerdhepa area under Sonamura sub-division.
He had to be airlifted to Calcutta. But the person succumbed to serious injuries. But no one was convicted for this heinous crime.
Another noteworthy case was that of Durga Kumar Hrangkhawal of Kalamchaura police station.
In November 2019, while he was on patrolling duty, Durga Kumar Hrangkhawal was run over by a drug carrying vehicle and died on the spot.
Although the case had created a stir across the state. But recently all the seven accused in the case had to be acquitted by the District and Sessions Judge of Sonamura due to lack of evidence.
In fact the judge in his final acquittal order made a remark about the shoddy nature of the investigation done by the police in the case.