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11% of all murders were committed using guns, 85% of them were unlicensed guns: NCRB

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bullet-gun-blood-murderNew Delhi: The recent crime data for the year 2014 released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) notes that around 11% of all murders in India are committed using firearms. It further states that 85% of those firearm used murders have been committed using unlicensed guns, according to Times of India report.

Around 33,000 murders were committed across India in 2014, out of which around 3,600 murders were done using guns. Of these 3,600 murders, 3,100 were committed using unlicensed guns.

In 2012, number of murders using unlicensed guns stood at 3,500 which got reduced to 3,300 and 3,100 in two subsequent years.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar together constitute around 67% of all murders by unlicensed guns. Haryana stands third with 178 murders committed using unlicensed guns. In Delhi, 70 out of 76 murders using guns were committed using unlicensed guns.

The use of unlicensed guns has seen fluctuations over last two decades. Between 1999 and 2009, there was a decline from 8,500 to 2700 in the use of unlicensed guns for murders. The usage rose between 2009 till 2012, after which the usage of unlicensed guns in murders have reduced.

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Upgrade of murder charge of the white nationalist, James Alex Fields Jr. in Virginia car killing

James Alex Field Jr. murder charge has been upgraded from second degree to first degree who has been accused of killing a 32 year old woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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FILE - A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia.
FILE - A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • James Allex Fields Jr., the white nationalist who murdered a woman in Virginia.
  • The murder charge has been upgraded for the accused
  • Second-degree murder changed to first-degree murder

US, December 14, 2017: A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year-old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was charged with first-degree murder Thursday, local media reported.

James Fields Jr., 20, appeared at Charlottesville District Court for a preliminary hearing, during which a previous charge of second-degree murder was changed to first-degree murder, local TV station WSET and others reported from the court.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is seen in a mugshot released by Charlottesville, Virginia, police department.
James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is seen in a mugshot released by Charlottesville, Virginia, police department.

Fields would face up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, while second-degree murder carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison, according to the Virginia penal code.

Court officials and the local district attorney were not immediately available for comment.

Ohio-native Fields is suspected of killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 people.

The incident took place amid clashes between hundreds of white supremacists and counterprotesters. After hours of clashes, a sedan driving at high speed plowed into the crowd before reversing along the same street.

Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia’s flagship campus.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe blamed neo-Nazis for sparking the unrest in the city, where rival groups fought pitched battles using rocks and pepper spray after far-right protesters converged to demonstrate against a plan to remove a statue of a Confederate war hero.

After the rally, Republican President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides, drawing condemnation from some Republican leaders and praise from white supremacists. (VOA)

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