Pune: The Covid-19 curbs may have had some chance gains, statistics released by the city police on Wednesday revealed
Fatal accidents between April and June dropped by 45% — from 31 during April-June 2019 to 17 during the same period in 2020. The number of casualties in accidents also dropped to 19 during the three months in 2020 as compared to 34 during the corresponding period last year.
Senior police officers said though there were some cases of suicide during the lockdown, 170 from March to June 20. This is a 24% decline in the number of suicide, 225, during the same period last year.
Pune police commissioner K Venkatesham told TOI, “Though the number of suicide cases dipped during March to June 2020 in comparison to the same period last year, two senior citizens took the extreme step out of fear of the pandemic. Also, there was the recent case of a couple and their children committing suicide. These cases have brought up many unanswered questions and we feel more research needs to be conducted on this issue. SNDT has been requested for a further analysis on this.”
He said though fatal accidents in Pune city decreased between April and June 22, there was a rise in such accidents in June, especially in the Hadapsar and Bharathi Vidyapeeth areas.
On the drop in suicide cases last few months, DCP (crime) Bachchan Singh said, “Last year, as many as 54 suicide cases were registered in March and 64 in April. In comparison, 45 suicide cases were registered in March 2020 and 28 in April. There is an overall 38% decline in suicide cases during the two months. Among the reasons could be family support during lockdown, as people were together.”Source: TOI