Grave crimes are on the rise in the Temple City and its peripheries. During the pre-election period, when Director General of Police Bholanath (now transferred) visited the city, he told reporters that the crime rate had dipped not only in Madurai or southern districts, but in the entire State.

However, the scenario appears to have changed a lot as crimes are being reported at a fast rate, police admit. The data with the Crime Records Bureau suggests that grave crimes reported in the recent past remain under investigation.

In Madurai Rural police limits, a case of dacoity in a house at Netaji Nagar in Usilampatti is under investigation. The inmates lost over Rs. 20 lakh to a gang. Though the police formed teams and claimed that there were clues, there is no progress in the case. An officer in the team attributed election work as the reason. Cases of man-missing and bodies found in public wells are also disturbing in pockets such as Melur sub-division.

A case of attempt to break open bank lockers by unidentified gang in Tirumangalam sub-division also remains unsolved. The number of house break-ins and burglaries during day or night are also coming in from other sub-divisions such as Samayanallur and Usilampatti now and then, police say.

In Madurai, the last time the police displayed recovered jewels in a big way was about a year back, when Deputy Commissioners of Police P.C. Thenmozhi and V. Jayashri handled the crime portfolios. Since then, the police had not only solved grave crimes in a similar fashion but also not taken any appreciable steps to prevent crimes, a police officer said. “Now that the elections are over, we have started focussing on prevention of crimes and our teams are geared to solve undetected cases,” he said. Two days ago, in a case of house break-in at Teppakulam, the complainant lost over one kilogram of gold and Rs. 2 lakh in cash. The police said that there is no progress in this case.

The murder for gain reported in S.S. Colony, a chain-snatching crime in which a woman lost over 40 sovereigns in Karimedu, unclaimed body on the banks of the Vaigai, murder for gain in Sellur and Palanganatham reported a fortnight ago are under investigation.

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