Shadow Police, a special wing constituted by Commissioner P. Vijayan, has completed one year of operation.
Mr. Vijayan claims that the team, which comprises 12 members, has gone a long way in solving and preventing crime in the district.
The team detected 139 cases between May 1, 2011, and May 5, 2012, of which 102 were registered. In all, 160 people were arrested as part of the investigation.
Stolen items recovered
The Shadow Police recovered 718 sovereigns of gold and Rs.18.75 lakh that had gone missing. It also recovered 14 vehicles, including three lorries and six motorcycles, iron sheets valued at Rs.1.5 lakh, two LCD TVs, three laptops, two DVD players, a home theatre set, a camera and four wrist watches. It has seized 1,500 ampoules of narcotics and 851 gm of cannabis.
Mr. Vijayan says the team has solved 75 cases of theft, three of dacoity, four of robbery, 16 of vehicle theft, eight of chain-snatching, two related to abkari, two of immoral trafficking and a murder attempt case.
The cases have been registered in Thrissur Town West, Town East, Nedupuzha, Peechi, Erumapetty, Kunnamkulam, Pavaratty, Viyyur, Ollur, Mannuthy, Peramangalam, Guruvayur, Cheruthuruthy and Shoranur stations.
The team includes Assistant Commissioner of Police V. Radhakrishnan Nair, Inspector of Police A. Ramachandran and Sub-Inspector of Police Philip Varghese. An assistant sub-inspector of police, five senior civil police officers and two civil police officers have been included in it.
Mr. Varghese says the arrest of ‘Manichithrathazu' Rajan alias Rajendran of Plakattiri in Koottanad was a major achievement. “He was allegedly involved in 56 cases of housebreaking and theft. The accused in a case related to murder of goonda leader Esthappan Ali were picked up. The team nabbed Joy, who had allegedly been involved in cases of vehicle theft. We carried out a risky operation in the Satyamangalam forest area and arrested 24 persons wanted in a criminal case registered with the Nedupuzha station. The team also arrested ‘Keyhole John' wanted in several cases of theft. He is expert in breaking locks,” Mr. Varghese adds.