- 179 deaths (17%) due to illicit affairs in Andhra Pradesh
- 6 % drop in the number of murders in 2017 when compared to 2016
- Family disputes led to 152 murders; property disputes led to 91 murders in the state in 2017.
Visakhapatnam: Disputes of all kinds have led to 374 murders in Andhra Pradesh in 2017. Murders due to illicit relationships were 179 in the state as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)-2017 data.
The NCRB’s Crime in India 2017 report says that a total of 1,054 murders reported in Andhra Pradesh. At 17 per cent, murders under illicit relationships motive (category) in Andhra Pradesh were the highest among other motives.
Though there was a drop (around 6 per cent) in the number of murders in 2017 when compared to 2016 (1,123 deaths in 2016), there was a 29 per cent rise in murders due to illicit relationships in 2017 when compared to 138 murders due to the reason in 2016.
A senior police officer said that the majority of the murders due to illicit affair was the result of the sudden provocation. Illicit affairs have claimed lives not only in rural pockets but also in cities, he added.
Recently, a woman D. Jyothi along with her paramour S. Bharat Kumar murdered her husband D. Satish Kumar, a jawan with the Indian Army. The motive behind the murder was, she could continue her affair with Bharat in Vizag.
Under the category of the dispute, family disputes have led to 152 murders while property disputes were behind the reason for 91 murders in the state in 2017. A total of 52 murders were the result of murder for gain, the data said.
In 2015, there was a total of 1,099 murders in AP, a rise in murders in 2016 with 1,123, and again a decline in 2017 with 1,054 murders.
In 2017, Andhra Pradesh recorded the third-highest tally of murders due to illicit affairs across the country. Bihar occupied the top place with 245 murders under the category followed by Maharashtra with 222 murders and Andhra Pradesh with 179 murders.
Love affairs claimed 15 lives in 2017 in the state and dowry was the reason for 46 murders. A total of 55 murders reported without any proper reason (no clue on the murders).
Four districts in Andhra Pradesh are on the list of Maoist affected areas, a total of six murders reported under extremism category in 2017.