Kochi: Ernakulam rural police and Kochi city police were well on their toes last one year given the number of important cases they cracked. Even on the front of arrests of offenders, there is reason from them to feel satisfied. But not all cases were resolved and in a few important ones, they did fail to zero in on the criminals. Deccan Chronicle examines the tales of success and failures.
Counterfeit currency cases
There were a number of counterfeit currency cases here in the last one year. With tips-off from the state intelligence wing, police cracked four major cases which includes the major seizure at Nedumbassery international airport and two involving an Omani and an Iranian.
The police also arrested an Imam at a mosque in Kadavanthara and arrested his assistant in fake currency case. From the different arrests, police identified that the majority of fake notes circulating the in the state have come from money exchange agencies abroad. Pakistan’s ISI is believed to be involved in these cases.
Murder cases solved
A number of prominent murder cases were resolved in the district which include that that of a taxi driver at Perumbavoor, owner of King’s Shoe Mart near Nettoor market, a security guard of a house at Maradu, an accountant in a lodge near Thevara, a cine beautician on Kaloor-Kathrika-davu Road and a Deshabhimani employee on Container Road.
The cases were successfully solved within a short period and the accused brought before law. In the Imthiaz case where a 36-year old man was murdered inside his car at Chittoor in December, the police zeroed in on the killers who surrendered before the magistrate in Madu-rai in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
The flesh trade cases cracked in the last one year includes the ones at Maradu, Paravoor, Edappally and Kacherippady lodges. The Kochi city and Ernakulam rural police also took several others in custody in connection with sexual abuse charges.
Enrica Lexie case
Kochi city police played a key role in the Enrica Lexie case which saw two Italian marines allegedly killing two Indian fishermen off Kollam shore. Ernakulam range IG K. Padmakumar and former city police commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar took the marines to mainland and seized the guns to strengthen the probe.
Human trafficking cases
Cracking the ShadWell’s-KCYM human trafficking case was one of the significant achievements of Kochi police last year, though the probe is yet to be completed.
The police also probed human trafficking case through Nedum-basseri airport, before being transferred to the Crime Branch.
Paravoor attack case
The North Paravoor police that probed the Paravoor attack case in which a hotel owner at Vaniyakkad near Paravoor was brutally attacked in last August arrested 19 PFI activists.
The hotel owner Abdul Nazer was returning home after offering prayers at the Vaniyakkad mosque when he was attacked by an armed gang.
Zero Tolerance Policing
In a bid to provide complete safety to women in the city the Kochi police introduced a Zero Tolerance Policing which envisages steps, including visiting homes and educational institutions, to collect details about crimes against women and displaying helpline phone numbers in city buses.
Shoji Murder case
The Kothamangalam Shoji murder case, in which a housewife was found murdered in a pool of blood in the dining room of her house on August 8 hit a dead-end when the cops found it difficult to zero in on anyone. According to police, a lot of people entered the crime scene after the incident which made the task difficult.
Maradi triple murder
Muvattupuzha police that probed the Maradi triple murder case in which a woman and her two children were brutally killed, appears to have reached a dead end in its hunt for the woman’s husband Kunnappillil George who is absconding, the police said.
Children’s home caretaker case
Police failed to spot the temporary caretaker girl at Kakkanad children’s home who allegedly leaked information about the victims of Paravoor and Kothamangalam girl. The girl is absconding.
Blackmailing case accused at large
Paravoor police probing the case in which a 22-year-old girl was trapped and molested by a blackmailing gang in September is still hunting for the main accused Rojo. Despite setting a trap by keeping a strict vigil at locations where the accused might visit, police have failed to nab him.