The state police outfit has highly reprehensible record in cover-ups of crimes. 
The 24-year-old victim was hacked to death between 6 and 7 in the morning. The scene of crime is one of the platforms of Nungambakkam railway station. The terminal is located on the main route that links Chennai to the rest of the state. The city police headquarters is a mere 3.8 km to the northwest of the scene of crime.
Swati, a 24-year-old female Infosys employee was brutally hacked to death at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on June 24 around 6 am. The ill-fated victim was bound for Mahindra Tech City in the suburbs where she worked.
The victim lived virtually next door to the railway terminal. She was dropped at the station by her father retired civil servant male parent Sreenivasan, a few minutes before the murder.
Close-circuit television cameras in the vicinity captured images of a young man wearing black trousers and a checked shirt – whom – unnamed eyewitnesses have identified as her murderer.
The perpetrator, it is said, had a loud quarrel with her before hacking her fatally with a machete.
Police are on the lookout for suspects. It is not exactly known whether a cab driver who also had quarrelled with the victim a week before the incident has been identified and/or is being questioned.
The post mortem report said the victim had fatally bled from multiple cuts on her upper torso.
Swati’s grieving family has expressed concern about the victim’s reputation being besmirched posthumously. Sections of the paid media have begun linking the dead girl to a ‘boyfriend’ reportedly beyond the confines of her religious boundaries and hinting it a crime of passion.
No arrests have been made so far. The Government Railway Police has released footage of the suspect gathering them from cameras installed in houses near the scene of crime.
The murder was an event that took place in public view. Eyewitnesses reportedly chose to look away.
No attempt was made by anyone to nab the assailant, who managed to walk away.
Operative excerpts from the bland statement issued by Swati’s employer:
“We are saddened by the unfortunate incident. We are working with the local authorities investigating the matter. Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the deceased. Infosys will provide necessary support to the family.”
The pathetically superficial nature of the coverage can be discerned by downloading footage from the links below:
Many glaring details have been conspicuously left out by the sections of Chennai’s paid press.
This crowd also services national electronic media. Some of them:
- The city police headquarters and the state railway police headquarters are located some 3 km from the scene of crime in Egmore. While the public apathy is being flayed, the careless, cavalier attitude of the brown shirt top brass isn’t even being mentioned.
- None of the reports indicate as to whether the Additional Director General of Police in charge of the state’s railway police wing [the name on the cops’ website is Seema Agarwal, IPS] held an enquiry as to what her subordinates meant to patrol the platforms 24/7 were doing or also whether some responsibility for dereliction of duty was fixed. The same duties are meant to be performed by the Railway Protection Force.
- The names appearing as the zonal head [rank of CSC – SC Parhi and the all India DGP – RPF – Surendra Kumar Bhagat do not figure in any of the press reports. This is despite the fact that it is incumbent upon these officials to hold enquiries, fix responsibility and punish those who did not perform their duty.
- Incidentally, Seema Agrawal was invited to the United States of America as per letter dated April 18 2016, signed by Cecelia R, to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP] to be held in a facility maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, Virginia, US of A between June 20 and 24 2016.
- The expenses were to be met by India. In the absence of Seema Agrawal, Deputy Inspector General of Police – J Bhaskaran, conducted enquiries, by cursorily visiting the station for a few minutes. He made the usual noises like a seasoned rooster.
- So far, none in the railway police has been hauled up for dereliction of duty – at the time of writing.
- Media reports do not indicate as to whether the General Manager Vasishta Johri – whose residence is located very close to the scene of crime visited the spot or ordered an enquiry to find out what the on-duty Station Master and/or Assistant Station Master in Nungambakkam were up to at the time of occurrence. Significantly, the offices of the SM are located within 20 metres of the spot where Swati was killed. As a matter of rule, the officiating SM ought to be standing on the platform to monitor long distance trains plying on the route and wave the green flag.
- The uninformed consider this waving to be a meaningless formality. Railways’ internal manuals say that the SMs are meant to pay close attention to any unusual noise emanating from long-distance trains clickety-clack on the tracks – to discern forthcoming mishaps while whizzing past without stopping. The exercise of SMs patrolling the platform, the rule books add, also are meant to ensure the official maintains an alert vigil on the railway platform to prevent untoward incidents.
A team of the city police was assisting the government railway police (GRP) in cracking the case, commissioner T K Rajendran said. The GRP suffers from a severe staff crunch, sources said.Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted his reaction: “Directed Member(Staff) Rly Board 2 provide all help, tk up da issue wth State Govt fr taking immediate appropriate actn 2 book da culprit.”
All this is expected to produce results measurable in less than zilch.
The biggest cover-ups by Tamil Nadu cops with the connivance of the Central Bureau of Investigation have placed heavy lids on the nation’s biggest scandals.
- The telecom scandal – with the 5-year-old stink of the suspected murder of former Union Telecom Minister Andimuthu Raja’s aide – Sadiq Batcha was botched by the Chennai police. This is despite the emergence of a televised statement of an individual who claimed to have killed Batcha with the help of a serving Inspector General of Police Jaffer Sait! The great ‘investigative journalist geniuses’ of Chennai are totally silent about it.
- Former Union Minister P Chidambaram – who continues to wield a weird influence over the Central Bureau of Investigation and the local police – is involved in huge misdemeanours.
- Another strange incident concerns the lies about the murder of former PM Rajiv Gandhi – uttered by – yet again – the same Chidambaram. Yet, despite the ‘popular’ belief that he is on the wrong side of state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the recount minister is not touched either by the TN cops or by the CBI. And then, there are strange truths about the Harvard don – euphemistically known as the Chidambaram Secrets. All these have been buried – with what seems like criminal willingness on part of the Tamil Nadu police.
- One of India’s biggest scandals concerns the one concerning Granite Exports by a gang of criminals. Despite the passage of over 5 years, precious little has happened despite the intervention of the Madras High Court. This is despite the cops being given all the details of the scandal whose worth is believed to be in excess Rs.20 lakh crores! None has cared to record that initially state cops had termed the scandal worth Rs.17,000 crores – hugely contradicted by a probe conducted by an IAS officer Sagayam, who said the scam is worth Rs.1.10 lakh crores! It involves a triple murder, secret Swiss bank accounts and the list of accused could include former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and former DGPs!