“The number of cases filed in Bengal in connection with human trafficking in 2016 was only 948 but NCRB says it is 3579. This is politically motivated,” Mamata Banerjee told the state assembly.
The West Bengal government has challenged the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report that shows the state on top in human trafficking cases in 2016.
“Our director general of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha wrote to NCRB director Ish Kumar on December 19 last year and sought a corrigendum in this regard,” chief minister Mamata Banerjee told the state assembly on Friday. She even placed the DGP’s letter before the house.
“NCRB did not check with us before publishing the figures. The number of cases filed in Bengal in connection with human trafficking in 2016 was only 948 but NCRB says it is 3579. This is politically motivated. We have demanded a correction in the report and a corrigendum,” said Banerjee.
In December 2017, the NCRB came out with its annual crime report for 2016. It said 8,132 cases involving human trafficking were reported in India with 3579 or 44 per cent of these cases recorded in Bengal alone. Rajasthan came second with 1,422 cases, the report said.
Opposition parties in Bengal used these figures to sharpen their attack on the Trinamool government.
Claiming that law and order situation in Bengal has improved ever since Trinamool came to power, Banerjee told the assembly that her government has taken many initiatives. “As many as 108 new police stations had been set up across the state. This has reduced crime,” she said.