CHENNAI: Expressing serious concern over the prevailing law and order situation, opposition parties including the DMK, CPI, VCK and PMK on Wednesday urged the State government to act immediately to check crimes.
Anguished over the murder of techie Swathi in Nungambakkam railway station, DMK president M Karunanidhi said the police should not remain content with providing security to those in power but also extend the same to the people. “I condemn the police for failing to extend such protection to the common man,” he added.
PMK founder S Ramadoss, in a statement, recalled the observations of Madras High Court following the murder of Swathi. He said according to the national average, the strength of the State Police Force should have been 1.70 lakh but it is only 1.21 lakh. “One cannot expect a better policing in Tamil Nadu with this meagre number of police personnel,” he added.
VCK president, Thol Thirumavalavan said public peace could not be maintained without containing anti-social elements. Due to the atrocities of hired killers, people of the State had lost their confidence in the police force. The VCK leader said he would lead an agitation on July 2 urging the State government to take firm steps against anti-socials.
Referring to the murder of Swathi and the suicide of Vinupriya in Salem district following the failure of police to act on her complaint about her morphed obscene pictures in Facebook as well as the bribery charge against a top cop for granting leave to a junior officer, CPI State secretary R Mutharasan, in a statement, urged Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to immediately take concrete steps and direct the police for a course correction.