The Salem Rural Police face a challenging task of executing a whopping 393 warrants, including non-bailable ones, in more than 100 cases, involving grave and not-so-grave offences, pending in its sub-divisions for long.
The district as on November 14, 2010 has identified 393 persons as “absconding accused”, who had been charge-sheeted in various serious and “not serious” crimes such as murders, robberies, abductions, dacoities, thefts, causing hurt and brawls which took place over a period of time.
Many of them are habitual offenders while a few of them are accused in murders and dacoities of more than 10 years old.
A senior police official told The Hindu that the accused, who remain absconding, had either jumped bail or failed to turn up for trial in courts.
“A murder accused who committed the crime under Omalur sub-division a decade ago is from Tiruchi. When the police went there to secure him, the address given by him was found to be wrong. He had given ‘Porombok Street, Trichy,' as his address,” the official said. According to statistics, 36 accused are found absconding in Salem sub-division while 23 in Sankagiri, 12 in Vazhapadi, 30 in Mettur and 21 in Omalur. Attur sub-division is leading with non-execution of 271 pending warrants in 61 cases.
In fact, police records claim that both Attur and Omalur sub-divisions register serious crimes, including caste disturbances, political bickering, rowdyism etc. But of late the crimes in Omalur sub-division had come down drastically. Superintendent of Police Y. John Nicholson has formed special squads to execute the pending warrants.