Chennai ‘turning right into a homicide metropolis’, says Edappadi Ok Palaniswami


Citing the latest killings in Chennai, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Chief of Opposition Edappadi Ok Palaniswami, has stated that the state capital is “turning right into a homicide metropolis with 18 murders in 20 days”. Nevertheless, Better Chennai Metropolis police commissioner, Shankar Jiwal refuted the declare, saying that solely 10 murders occurred within the metropolis, and of them, 4 have been as a result of private enmity and 6 due to household disputes.

Palaniswami made the comment instantly after the killing of BJP’s district chief, Ok Balachander in Chennai’s Chintadripet space.

Whereas the highest police officer has all the suitable to defend his drive, the killing of a small-time financier, Arumugham (36), on the busy Aminjikarai highway in broad daylight was a shock. 4 males chased the financier and hacked him to dying.

The DMK authorities has assumed workplace in Could 2021 with the promise that the police shall be strict and would cope with the miscreants with an iron fist. Nevertheless, with variety of killings on rise in lots of elements of Tamil Nadu, the police drive and the state administration appears to be on the receiving finish.

On Could 26, the day when the Prime Minister was arriving within the state, Lakshmanan, a 55-year-old priest, was hacked to dying in Madurai by a three-member gang whereas he was on technique to the temple. This was one other main blow for the Tamil Nadu Police, forcing the Director-Normal of Police (DGP) to intervene within the matter. Police acted swiftly and arrested the culprits who have been shut family of the deceased priest.

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In the meantime, in one other embarrassment for the state police, two alleged custodial deaths occurred on April 19 and 26 in two seperate incidents in Chennai and Myladuthurai. In Chennai, a Scheduled Caste youth Vignesh who was picked up by the police together with an confederate Suresh on April 18 died on 19 within the police station. Post-mortem revealed that Vignesh had 13 accidents together with a damaged proper leg and bruises on the face, palms, shoulders, and chest. Sub-Inspector of Police and constables have been arrested within the case.

Equally, on April 26, Thangamani (46) died in Myladuthurai sub-jail. He was picked by the police on April 25 charging that he was brewing illicit liquor. The family of the deceased alleged that Thangamani was brutally tortured within the station and he died in sub-jail on subsequent day morning as a result of torture inflicted within the station.

In Chengalpattu district, adjoining Chennai, two youths have been hacked to dying by a three-member gang in January. Chengalpattu district is dwelling to a number of main industries in Tamil Nadu together with worldwide car producers and software program firms, and the brutal killings may presumably result in the lack of traders’ confidence.

R Swaminathan, head of commercial relations in an enormous multinational firm in Chengalpattu whereas talking to IANS stated: “Any investor shall be comfy when the regulation and order state of affairs is nice however after the homicide of two youths and one other killing have led to kind of uneasiness in our administration. The federal government is attempting its finest it appears, however we’d like assurance that the police will cope with an iron hand.”

Whilst killings have turned routine and individuals are frightened over the frequent murders, DGP C Sylendrababu informed reporters on Could 24 that the regulation and order state of affairs was nicely maintained within the state.

The DGP stated: “No cases of caste or communal clashes in Tamil Nadu or firing or deaths as a result of spurious liquor, occurred within the state. So it is extremely peaceable.”

Nevertheless, he admitted that illicit liquor was brewed in sure elements of the state however the police have arrested a number of individuals who have been indulging in illicit brewing of liquor.

Whereas the DGP is claiming that there are not any caste-related killings within the state, 4 beheadings in 10 days throughout September 2021 had despatched a chill by way of the spines of individuals of south Tamil Nadu. All of the murders have been caste-related and the DGP needed to camp in Madurai and intervene to quench the violence erupted following the incidents.

C Rajeev, Director, Centre for Coverage and Growth Research, a suppose tank based mostly out of Chennai, whereas talking to IANS, stated: “Again to again killings and custodial deaths have dented the picture of Tamil Nadu police and the Chief Minister who’s in control of the house division should be sure that regulation and order are maintained correctly for a protected and peaceable Tamil Nadu. Nobody should be allowed to take the regulation into his palms, and past a degree, state of affairs would flip grave and uncontrolled if it isn’t dealt with now.”


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