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Incidence of crime.- By and large, the people of the district have been law-abiding and serious crimes like murder and dacoity were rare during the British rule. However, cattle stealing was the characteristic crime in the areas now comprising Kurukshetra district during the beginning of the present century. Such thefts were performed in a very systematic manner, the animals being rapidly transferred to great distances and to other districts through a chain of accomplices. The aggrieved party generally appealed to a selfconstituted Panchayat, or a Committee of the leading men in a village or tract in order to secure the return of his animal, instead of reporting the matter to the Police.