In 2011-12, dozens of complex cases cracked by police across State

The recognition for 35 officers who have been chosen for medals by the Centre and State for meritorious service and excellence in criminal investigation/public service has come as a shot in the arm for the Tamil Nadu Police.

In 2011-12, dozens of complex cases were cracked by the police across the State, thanks to the commitment and painstaking work of the investigators. For instance, the Cyber Crime Cell of the Chennai Police secured the first conviction for child pornography under the Information Technology (amended) Act of 2008 in the country.

Acting on an alert issued by the Interpol, the Chennai Police apprehended Wilheums (58), a Dutch national, in November 2009. Dr. M. Sudhakar, who was then the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Central Crime Branch), spearheaded the investigation into the case.

The suspect, who was allegedly uploading child pornography pictures from a house at Choolaimedu here, was detained. Cyber forensic tools were used to retrieve child pornography pictures from his storage gadgets. The accused was convicted and sentenced to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment by a city court.

Additional Superintendent of Police Sudhakar, who played a vital role in investigation of the ‘Nigerian lottery scam’, e-mail threat issues, cyber privacy violations and identity theft cases, was awarded the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s medal for Excellence in Public Service.

In the case of Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch CID) S. Rajeswari, the medal was recommended for her contribution in detecting a few cases, including the sensational Dilson murder case and the road accident that killed State Minister Mariyam Pitchai last year.

The 13-year-old Dilson of Chennai was shot dead in the Defence Residential complex where he went to pluck fruits on July 3 last year. Though investigators of the CBCID zeroed in on two suspects — a serving young Army officer and a retired arms specialist — it became difficult to pin down the one who opened fire. Even as a few clues pointed to the involvement of the retired army official Lt. Col. Kandasamy Ramaraj, a crucial piece of evidence unearthed by Ms. Rajeswari helped to corner him. A domestic help who was interrogated by the officer made some casual remarks that led to the cracking of the case. When confronted with facts, Ramaraj confessed to having shot at Dilson. The weapon and ammunition he dumped in the Cooum river after committing the offence were seized.

The accused was found guilty by a fast track court and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ms. Rajeswari was also in-charge of the investigation into the road accident in which the then State Environment Minister N. Mariyam Pitchai was killed in May 2011. Amid allegations that the accident was a murder conspired by some political rivals, the CBCID team did painstaking investigation by visiting a few States and physically verifying hundreds of suspected lorries. The vehicle involved in the accident was finally tracked down in Andhra Pradesh.

The South Zone of the Chennai Police, which was considered a crime-prone area recorded a drastic fall in offences, particularly violent crimes in the recent months. Under the supervision of K.P. Shanmugarajeswaran, Joint Commissioner of Police (South), several sensational cases have been detected.