SMS in circulation is the talking point among police personnel

: An SMS in circulation among the police personnel has suddenly caused mild tremors in this region and appears to be the talking point in many southern districts.

The short message reads as follows: “Indru Naan…Naalai Nee” by Alwin Sudhan, meaning – “It’s me today…It could be your turn tomorrow.”

After the brutal murder of the young sub-inspector of police Alwin Sudhan (26) by an armed gang at Vembathur near Tirupachethi in Sivaganga district ahead of the Thevar jayanthi celebration last month, there seems to be an unusual calm on the faces of many officers and police men and women over the entire handling of the issue.

They are in no mood to forget what happened to one of their recently recruited officers.

According to some of his batch-mates, Alwin Sudhan hailed from a poor family and was a topper in their batch.

A native of Tirunelveli district, he had high ambitions and a soft corner for the needy. In many crucial tests during the police training programme, his performance was lauded by the examiners and superior officers. He was a promising star, but his life came to an abrupt end that too in the hands of antisocial elements in a gory manner. He had hardly completed 75 days as sub-inspector of police in Sivaganga district.

Speaking to The Hindu , many personnel, particularly young officers serving in the ranks of sub-inspector and Inspectors of Police in Madurai, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Dindigul and Tirunelveli, said that the impression had to change in the eyes of the public that police would not remain a mute spectator to threats or violence triggered by armed gangs.

“Today, a common man feels that even police are insecure in the hands of anti-socials. Instead of doing post-mortem of who failed or why did it happen in the presence of a large number of police personnel (in view of the Thevar jayanthi bandobust), the need of the hour is to send a message across that the police department would act tough on rowdies and law offenders,” they opined.

Many young women officers serving in the All Woman Police Stations and in other wings in this region too opined that there plight was all the more worse. If antisocial elements could take the male colleagues head on, what about us, they asked.

One lady officer recalled the shabby treatment meted out to a woman police in a check-post at Chintamani during the Immanuel guru puja last year in Madurai district by an unruly mob, which led to the opening of fire by the police.

However, in the case of Alwin Sudhan, he was unarmed.

Knowing well that he did not possess any weapon, the armed gang, which was returning after paying respects at the Marudhu brothers’ memorial at Kalayarkoil, killed him as he intercepted the vehicle for a check.

A few senior officers in the southern districts opined that the State government, for its part, had effected certain changes in the department. In its recent transfer and postings, the south zone IGP Rajesh Das was transferred to Chennai and in his place Abhay Kumar Singh, a 1992-batch IPS officer, has assumed office a few days ago. Similarly, the ACP (Madurai City, Anna Nagar) S. Vellai Dorai has been posted to Manamadurai sub-division in Sivaganga district as its new Deputy Superintendent of Police, officials said and added that many more changes were likely to follow.

DGP’s assurance

The Director General of Police K. Ramanujan, who arrived here to pay his respects to the departed soul, travelled all the way to personally see the scene of crime, where Alwin Sudhan was done to death. He reiterated to the media persons that all the accused behind the crime would be secured and punished as per law. As a sequel to this, including the key accused Prabhu, who surrendered in a Tirupur court along with two of his accomplices last week, the police have so far arrested about 20 persons.

The top brass in the police department is optimistic in bringing about a change over the lost image among the public, but the morale amidst the rank and file seems to be down, at least for the time being.