TN far ahead of neighbouring States in terms of detection and recovery: Sivanandi
Coimbatore: Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi on Saturday handed over recovered property involved in 209 cases in the last few months in the eight districts of West Zone worth Rs. 1.56 crore to the owners at a function held in the city.
The owners of the property were from the Nilgiris, Coimbatore Rural, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Namakkal, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts. DIG of Police, Salem Range, G. Venkataraman, Superintendents of Police, A. Arun (Tirupur, holding additional charge of Coimbatore), T. Jayachandran (Erode) took part.
Mr. Sivanandi said that the restored stolen property included 1,000 sovereigns of gold jewellery, 57.3 kg of silver, four four-wheelers, 65 two-wheelers, 40 electronic and electronical goods including lap tops, computers, scanners and BSNL modems and cash Rs. 11.34 lakh. 65 per cent of the accused secured in these cases were ex-convicts, Mr. Sivanandi said.
Mr. Sivanandi told reporters that special teams under the direct supervision of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Coimbatore Range, B. Bala Naga Devi and Superintendent of Police, Erode District, T. Jayachandran, secured on May 6 two gangs involved in stealing of cars The arrested included A. Parameswaran (30) of Natham Road, Madurai, for stealing ten cars from various places in Karnataka.
All the cars worth Rs. 15 lakh were recovered and the accused was sent to judicial custody.
In another incident, the police arrested A. Syed Mustafa of Salem, R. Prabhakaran and I. Sadakathullah of Palakkad for stealing cars from Tiruchi, Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruvannamalai and Chennai besides Bangalore. The total values of the cars seized were put at Rs. 11.60 lakh and the accused had been remanded to judicial custody.
Similarly, a team led by Tirupur SP, A. Arun nabbed two notorious offenders K. Chelladurai alias Anbu Selvan (25) and K. Mahendran (24) both from Karur. Both the accused were involved in 19 cases of robbery reported at Karur, Dindigul, Moolanur, Vangal, Aravakurichi, Vellianai, Paramathi and Pasupathipalayam. Both of them were earlier detained under Goondas Act.
The accused were involved in 32 property offences in Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Karur and Dindigul. 32 police personnel were presented with cash rewards for the recovery.
Detailing the statistics, Mr. Sivanandi said that Tamil Nadu was far ahead of the neighbouring States in terms of detection and recovery with 91 per cent detection and 85 per cent recovery.
The West Zone during the last few months had posted a 75 per cent recovery.
Plan of action
Mr. Sivanandi said that considering the involvement of habitual offenders and ex-convicts, police officers in West Zone have been asked to prepare a profile of ex-convicts and habitual offenders including their photographs so that they could be shadow watched and those who had not reformed could be bound over by making them execute a bond under section 110 of Criminal Procedure Code for ensuring a good conduct. This would be done by May 15.
During the period of last three months, 19 persons had been detained under Goondas Act in the West Zone as a preventive measure.
To combat the crime rate in Tirupur that accounted for more population, Mr. Sivanandi said that as proposed by Mr. Arun as many as 14 check posts would be erected wherein it would be manned by four police personnel and one sub-inspector round-the-clock. The check posts would become operational by May 15 thus checking all vehicles entering and leaving Tirupur.
Giving a comparison of statistics, Mr. Sivanandi said that in 2007, 3,528 of the 3,854 cases reported were detected, in 2008 4,137 cases of the 4,748 cases reported were detected, in 2009 of the 4,333 cases reported more than 3,200 were detected and the special teams are on the job of detecting them.
Of the 24 murder for gain cases reported in 2007, 22 were detected and of 31 in 2008 as many as 29 had been detected and of the 33 in 2009 as many as 30 had been detected and of the 17 reported this year so far 12 had been resolved.