“Shadow of Truth” -Episode-16

March 28th 2013 14:43 Hrs:

Office of the Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai.

“Sir. I am under control. What they are talking is about providing extra security to the cold blooded criminals. Which I think is not right decision.” – Tarun spoke out of anger.

“Yes Tarun. I completely understand you. But, do you think we could let this continue? We are here to protect people. Not to let them be killed by someone unknown.”

“Sir. What proofs we have that they are planned accidents. I mean, there are hundreds of people getting killed in road accidents every day. So, before we start protecting those criminals, we need to protect all of them. Our priority here should be those people and our meeting agenda should be about those innocent people not the cold blooded criminals. ” –Tarun was explaining to Ranjith in high voice.

“Tarun. I guess we are moving on the emotional track rather than the professional track. As like all the times, our job here is to follow the orders of superiors and not to go against them. Yes, we are given the power of aligning things that should make the country a better place to live. But that power is always streamlined from top to bottom. If each individual is given a chance to implement things their own way, then there is no point of hierarchy. So, let’s end this here and get back to the meeting post lunch.” – Ranjith has no other way to control Tarun except commanding him.

15:36 Hrs:

Post lunch, everyone assembles back to the Video Conference room and continued the meeting.

“Welcome back, as we don’t have much time to continue discussing on the pros and cons of the decision we made, let us first start with providing security to them in parallel with our collective efforts to identify the people behind these accidents. I request each region head to show their aggressiveness in closing this case with the help of their respective state subordinates under the supervision of your superiors. To be very frank, if you ask me personally, our main focus should not be on this. But, this is also part of our job and we have to make sure that we are not hit by the respective authorities who filed this report.”

Arpit Kumar, who is the center head for this is trying to motivate the team to close this at the earliest and also trying his best to not to demotivate them as most of them are opposing the decision on providing extra security to the criminals.

16:52 Hrs:

Before closing the meet, Arpit said one last sentence.

“I leave it to the region heads on the way they want to handle this case. Probably I could give one suggestion. You guys better meet up once and come to a conclusion to decide on the approach so that the results will be better and faster. The reason behind this is that we need to have some answers with us before the respective authorities come back to us. I am expecting a hit back from them sometime next week. So, we have to be ready to face them.”

“Yes sir. We will do our best in figuring out why things are happening this way. But, please don’t forget that our main focus will be on solving the problems rather than protecting the people who are creating the problems.” – said Mrs. Sruthi Choudhury.

After the meeting ended up, region heads had a separate discussion for about 30 mins. They decided to meet up at the earliest on finalizing the plan.

When it’s all done, Tarun and Ranjith travelled along. On the way, they were discussing on the approach of the case.

17:36 Hrs:

“Tarun. As we don’t have any cases reported of this kind, what are your plans on this?” – Ranjith.

“Yes sir, you are right. In the report that has been filed, there are no cases that fall under southern region. That doesn’t mean we should be relaxed. And it also doesn’t mean that we have to work on it. May be it will be better if I travel to any other region.”

“Yes Tarun. You are right. That’s a brilliant idea. Why don’t you start at the earliest and work on it. From the last few months, most of the cases are reported in the Northern region and so you better travel there as the chances of these kinds of incidents is high in those states.”

“Okay. Sure sir. I will plan for tomorrow evening. In the morning time, I will work on digging the archives so that we may find some clues whether those kinds of incidents have happened.”

“Good Tarun. Proceed with the plan. See you tomorrow. Bye.”

“Okay. Bye Ranjith.”

18:01 Hrs:

Tarun called Amrutha.

“Hello Amrutha. You reached safe?”

“Hi Tarun. Yes, I reached safe and started my work here.”

“So, what about you? How did the day pass on?”

“It went on fine Amu. I am now returning back to home.”

“Amu. Tomorrow morning I am traveling out of state on official purpose.”

“Oh. Thank god. I was actually worried that you will be struggling alone at home. So, when will you return back?”

“I may return on Sunday morning or Sunday evening. What about you.”

“I will be back by Saturday evening Tarun.”

“Okay. Then I will try returning back by that time.”

“Hey Tarun. I will call you back. I am still at work.”

“Okay Amu. Bye. Take care.”

“Bye Tarun.”

Amrutha disconnected the call.

18:13 Hrs:

“Sorry for the delay. I had to take that call. Let’s continue our talk.” – Amrutha.

“Yes Madam. When the accident happened, it was around 22:30 Hrs. Normally we do these kind of transfers in the noon. But, that day our jeep gave trouble and it took late evening to get it repaired. And so we have decided to do in the late night. The reason is that we don’t want to be blocked by the traffic in the evening times. As we are moving, suddenly our driver received phone call. As it was late night, he was tensed and so answered it. As the voice was not clear, he stopped the vehicle and stepped out. Our chief in-charge was on leave and so no one was there next to him. The other staffs were in the vehicle behind. After few minutes, suddenly the high tension power line fell on the jeep. All of us are completely clue less on how that happened.”

“Okay. I went through all those details. I want to know if there is any link between those people and the building near to which the incident happened.”

“Yes Mam. There is a connection. The case that was filed on those people was by one of them who lived in that building.”

“Is that so? Can I have the case file?”

¿¿¿: Crime is related to the people lived in those buildings.


“Shadow of Truth” -Episode-15

March 28th 2013 11:21 Hrs:
Office of the Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai

“Now I introduce to you the head for Southern region, Mr. Tarun, Additional Superintendent of Police.

When Ranjith announced his name, Tarun joined the other heads.

Mr. Ajit Singh, ASP, Western Region.
Mrs. Sruthi Choudhury, ASP, Eastern Region.
Mr. Prateek Agarwal, ASP, Northern Region.

“Thank you all for joining. Now I hand over it to Mr. Arpit Kumar, DIG, Central to continue.” – Ranjith.

11:37 Hrs:

“Good Morning all of you. Thanks for joining on such a short notice. I personally thank every state for collectively coming out with a representative for each region. I hope the region heads will collaboratively work with each state in their region to sort this out. Before we come to the main agenda of the meet, let us hear the major happenings in our country in various states. I request each region head to take over one by one. We shall start from the Eastern region.” – Arpit Kumar.

12:01 Hrs:

“Thank you sir. When it comes to the Eastern region, the major problems are gang wars, riots and kidnapping. In the first two months of this year, major cases were filed against riots and kidnapping for ransom. The entire police department has been split up in areas where these activities are highly noticed. Apart from these, there are 225 murder cases and 75 rape cases registered in Feb-2013 alone. The positive part is that this data is comparatively less than all these years. But, still the entire department is doing the best to control them to as less a possible and of course completely neutralizing them is our ultimate aim. Above all these things, we have political issues which are actually becoming a major problem in every state. In the eastern region, we have to make a special note on West Bengal. This state, which accounts for 7.5% of country’s population, has double the share in the % of crimes. An overall 47000 cases were filed in various categories during 2012 to 2013. Out of which major cases are the crime against women. We don’t need to specially talk about the politics of this state. It takes years if we start discussing about all of them. With this, I would like to hand it over to Mr. Ajit Singh, Western region.” – Mrs. Sruthi Choudhury, ASP, Eastern Region.

12:26 Hrs:

“Thank you Sruthi. Out of all the states in Western region, we need to have a special note on Gujarat. It has become a common saying in this state that the assembly is more like a cell. Out of 100 MLA’s, 1/3rd are having criminal records in various categories. A total of 134 out of 183 MLA’s are millionaires. There are 31 MLA’s who have not filed their Income Tax. The point to notice is that only 45% of MLA’s are graduates. Average assets of MLA are drastically increased from 2 crores in 2007 to 7 crores in 2013. There is much more to be read in the analysis report done by Association for Democratic Reforms, a non-political group aiming at governmental and electoral reforms. Next come’s Maharashtra. While the capital city Mumbai is being attacked continuously by terrorists where hundreds of people were being killed, the other parts of Maharashtra are witnessing suicides of thousands of farmers. The recent survey states that around 1 Lakh farmers might have committed suicide since 1997. Mumbai has always been centric for terror attacks. Train bombings, bombings in crowded places and the one in 2008 is the attack for the first of its kind where 10 people somehow managed to come in to our country through the sea wave and took the lives of 300 people, injuring 200+ people and damaging property worth millions. Now, I request Mr. Prateek of Northern region to take over. Thank you.” – Mr. Ajit Singh, ASP, Western Region.

12:58 Hrs:

“Thank you Ajit. When coming to the Northern part, we already knew about the Jammu and Kashmir issue which actually falls under the Defense. But, that is some or the other way impacting the whole country because of the continuous disturbances in the border line. If we talk about the crime, I am actually felling shameful to say that in a country ruled by a political party where a Women is the head and a state where a Women is the CM, Delhi is witnessing the most rape cases when compared to rest of the country. Each day, some or the other type of case is filed where women are being harassed. Though there was a dip in street crime like snatching and vehicle theft cases, heinous crimes were on the rise in the capital last year. The number of cases reported in the capital rose to 54,287 from 53,353 in 2011. It was 51,292 in 2010. Delhi is on a rising trajectory for the fourth consecutive year registering a 1.75 per cent increase in 2012, a year which also witnessed a whopping 23.43 per cent increase in rape cases including the horrific gang rape of a paramedic student in a moving bus. Rape cases rose from 572 in 2011 to 706 last year while molestation cases rose to 727 last year from 657 in 2011. Seventy-five cases of molestation were reported in the last 15 days of December 2012. Apart from all these, the most shameful things is that , even the small children of age between 5 and 10 were also being attacked.” – Mr. Prateek Agarwal, ASP, Northern Region.

13:29 Hrs:

“Thank you Prateek. Let me quickly explain about the crime and associated cases in Southern region. First comes the Andhra region where Hyderabad plays a key role here. Apart from the cases against women harassment, there is lot more on the cyber-crime. Cyber-crime cases, especially the Nigerian frauds, phishing and transmission of obscene content in electronic form has seen a rise in the state and also witnessed a two-fold increase in the arrest of cyber offenders in 2011. As far as now, there are 242 cases that were referred to Cyber Cell of Visakhapatnam police in the last 3 years. The regional politics is one another major problem where the talks on dividing the state are on high in the last 3 years. The next is Karnataka where scams of large scale are coming out to light where thousands of crores are account less. We don’t need to specially mention about the Bangalore cases against women. If it comes to Kerala, the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures comparing incidents of crime with the population of a state, notes Kerala is most affected by crime and Kochi is the most dangerous city. Figures compiled till 2010 show that Kerala has a crime rate of 424.1, more than double the national average of 187.6. The same statistics also gives information regarding Tamil Nadu. Of the 2,41,986 incidents of violent crime in the country, Tamil Nadu accounted for 12,333, more than much larger states like Rajasthan. The most special thing in this state is that, of the 677 cases of rape reported in Tamil Nadu in 2011, 675 victims knew the perpetrators, according to statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau. Only two women were sexually assaulted by strangers. And also the murder cases are being consistent at 1500 per year in the last 5 years.” – Mr. Tarun, ASP, Southern region.

14:01 Hrs:

“Sir, so, out of all these things which we have to work on where the crime rate is pumping up at rocket speeds every year, do you really think it’s a good move to work on the report that we have received 5 days back from the respective authorities?” – Tarun questioned everyone in the room.

“Before I respond to this, let me brief you once again. Last Saturday, we have received a report from a department regarding 2 incidents which they believe are planned. As we all know that even though we own the power to control the crime, law and order in the country, we are always controlled by the white dressed people. Now, after hearing all the various challenges each region is facing, I am not understanding on how to react and how to move on with the report we have received. If the victims of the incidents are any other people except that category, then it becomes valid if we put an extra effort to sort that out. And yes Tarun, your point is valid. But, do you really think we could by pass this report and proceed on with our currents tasks? I don’t think so we could do that. Our hands are always tightened up and so we have to look into this case in detail and probably look at providing extra security.” – Mr. Arpit Kumar.

Everyone in the room remained silent upon hearing that from Arpit. They were not able to digest the fact that the center is asking them to provide extra security so as to stop those incidents from happening. Each of them has some thoughts and points in their mind. But were not letting them come out to the table. But, Tarun moved a step further.

“Sir, so, you say that we need to provide extra security to them so that those kinds of accidents won’t happen? How can you say that sir? I mean there are hundreds of other things which need high attention and also we don’t have a clear analysis report that they are planned accidents. I don’t mean to question you back sir. But, I somehow feel that it’s not a right decision to provide extra security personnel to stand with guns for those kind of people?” –Tarun.

14:33 Hrs:

“Tarun. Calm down. Control yourself. Let the center do the decision taking. We are bound to work as per the instructions.” – Ranjith was trying to calm down Tarun.

When he figured out that Tarun lost control, he called out for a Lunch break.

“I know it’s not a right thing to call out. But, as we have long day to go, lets break it here for a lunch session and then we shall re-assemble at 15:30 Hrs.” – Ranjith.

When everyone walked out of the room, Ranjith came to Tarun and started talking with him.

“Tarun. You have to control yourself. You are addressing representatives from the center and you have to post your opinions in a calm manner rather than this way. I know you are aggressive and committed. But, you have to be in control in these kinds of situations.” – Ranjith

“Sir. I am under control. What they are talking is about providing extra security to the cold blooded criminals which I think is not right decision.” – Tarun spoke out of anger.

¿¿¿: Cold blooded criminals.

#Crime Everywhere