The past week witnessed a plethora of crime offences, writes

L. Srikrishna

It was a crime-filled week in the city— five incidents of hurt cases, murder of a history-sheeter, another gruesome murder of a moneylender, house break-ins, burglary at Regional Transport Office (North), cases of two-wheelers missing from a couple of police stations and pickpocket incidents at Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand.

In suburban Othakadai, a three-year-old girl was found dead and the body abandoned in a canal. Irate residents staged a stir demanding closure of a TASMAC liquor shop in the area as they felt many indulged in offences when in an inebriated state.

The mystery behind the missing cash of Rs. 7.69 lakh from the newly opened RTO office came a big challenge to the police. Though the police described these offences as “normal,” the incidents had not only raised the eyebrows of law- abiding citizens but caused panic among commoners.

Five days ago, a former councillor’s son was assaulted in Sammattipuram area, a thickly populated area, by an armed gang. Preliminary inquiries revealed that there were differences simmering between two groups that snowballed into the attack. The public, who witnessed the incident, wondered as to whether the police were aware of the movements of such anti-socials.

Close on the heels of this incident, at the busy Central Market, area, a four-man gang assaulted a man with a knife when the latter objected to the gang having misbehaved with a woman in broad daylight.

Two days ago, a history-sheeter, Arjunan, was found dead with injuries all over the body near railway tracks at Kamarajapuram. Though the Keerathurai police described it as a “revenge murder,” the incident has come as a wake-up call to the police, locals said.

Night rounds

Though as a matter of routine, two Assistant Commissioners and three Inspectors of Police are deputed for night rounds in Madurai city daily, many police officers at the station-level admitted that they had not conducted any major combing operations in the recent past to facilitate arrest of wanted persons.

Even as Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan said that the police detected the cases, the public expect the police to be more pro-active.