Arms and the man

Criminal activities have been increasing in the capital particularly for the last one and a half years. The generally unsatisfactory law and order situation across the country and the laxity of the home administration, including its police force, in dealing firmly with crime have given the criminally-minded a fertile ground for their operations. The report that illegal trade in firearms is flourishing in the capital gives further cause for concern for those who are hoping for constant improvement in maintenance of law and order. The arms available in the market range from country-made pistols to automatic revolvers. These arms reportedly are either smuggled through the Indian borders or sold by Maoist deserters to organised criminal outfits and individual criminals.

Though Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) has arrested a few criminals, it has not yet been able to trace their link to any professional group that most likely could be operating on a much larger scale. This state of affairs has raised serious questions about the security of ordinary citizens. When the state becomes tough on crime, the morale of criminals will go down, and so will the scale and frequency of crime. On the other hand, government inaction will have the opposite effect. It is on the matter of internal security that the government has come under the heaviest fire. Therefore, to protect the citizens’ life and property and to prevent public faith in it from going down, the government ought to come up with the will to come down heavily on crime.