Police quarters turn killer's hideout, now under vigilance
With investigators discovering that A Ramajayam, charged with killing Maduravoyal pawnbroker Gunaram, was hiding under their nose in the Thousand Lights police quarters while they hunted for him high and low for close to a month, all police quarters in the city have been put under the scanner.
A team of senior police officials visited the Thousand Lights police quarters and instructed residents to be alert about strangers and inform their seniors if they come across any suspicious person.
Similar instructions have been passed on to over 9,000 police quarters in city to prevent a similar embarrassment in the future. During a check at the Thousand Lights police quarters on Wednesday, police officers came across another man who made frequent visits to an Armed Reserve police constable's house.
Neighbours complained that the man even stayed over at the house for a couple of days. Though the policewoman who lives there said the man was a relative, a report has been forwarded to her seniors and she is likely to be questioned.
After Ramajayam was caught by the police when he attempted to rob a woman in Pallikaranai, the police found that he made frequent visits to a traffic policeman's house in Thousand Lights. Investigators found that Ramajayam had a relationship with the sister-in-law of traffic policeman Jai Shankar.
He even used the policeman's motorbike to commit the offence. The police released CCTV footage of the killer in the pawnbroker's shop and it was telecast by television channels for days after the murder, but none of the cops in the Thousand Lights police quarters could identify Ramajayam, least of all Jai Shankar.
Officers said Jai Shankar claimed he was unaware of Ramajayam's activities and did not recognise his image in television and newspaper reports. He is likely to face departmental action.
Though a person is appointed to oversee activities in every police quarters, they are also assigned other jobs. Now these policemen will only keep checks on security in the quarters.