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More murder mysteries than cops can handle

THE GHASTLY double murder of an elderly couple at Marwari Road in the heart of the Walled City would further add to the pressure on the police already burdened with several unsolved murder mysteries.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 14:25 IST

THE GHASTLY double murder of an elderly couple at Marwari Road in the heart of the Walled City would further add to the pressure on the police already burdened with several unsolved murder mysteries. 

The police were grappling with the murder of a teenaged schoolgirl in Kamla Nagar, killing of a middle-aged auto-rickshaw driver in Misrod and a murder in Jehangirabad apart from several other crimes when the gruesome killings occurred on March 27.

The incident has also served as a reminder to the force that there are almost two-dozen murder cases in the last couple of years that have remained unsolved. In most of these cases, the police have lost hope of ever catching the culprits.
Need for  investigation cell!

A section of police officials in the district want a separate cell within the district force that should only deal with the investigations of crime.  Their argument: the police officials don’t have any time left to pursue the unsolved cases that are piling up for shortage of time. The pressure of VIP duty in the State capital and the law-and-order maintenance don’t allow them to track down the criminals and crack mysterious crimes, they claim. 

Though Crime Branch has existed for several decades, it lacks resources and has been a toothless tiger. Lately, these officials are often seen discussing the proposal among themselves to mobilise opinion in their favour.

Suppressing crime 
Though the tendency to conceal crime in their area of jurisdiction exists among Station Officers (SOs) for ages, some officials have devised another way to hold back information on crimes at least for a day. These officials somehow stop entry of heinous crimes like robbery and rape occurring in their area from appearing in the daily situation report, which is the internal report of the police.

A particular SO manages this quite often apparently with his good connection in the control room. Other officials marvel at the officer’s shrewdness. Interestingly, such officials have to pay for their cleverness in long term once the press starts distrusting them.

Abduction of policeman
That the dacoits’ writ runs large in the Chambal region is known to all and sundry. But the manner in which a little-known dacoit abducted a police official early this month in Gwalior and two weeks later released him at will has shocked everybody. Similarly, another gang of dacoit released an abducted doctor in Morena after 40 days.