Top police officials transferred in Chennai
Chennai: The city police took over the investigations into the murder of Infosys software professional Swathi, the State government effected a major shake-up in the department by transferring 16 inspectors.
While eight from the North Zone have been kept on vacancy reserve and posted on control room duty, two Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) from the same zone were shunted out. The move comes in the backdrop of a spate of daylight murders and the criticism that followed.
Meanwhile, a different perspective on the investigation has begun to emerge. For instance, the police suspect that the assailant struck at her with the aruval from behind rather than from the front, which rules out any conversation or altercation between them, as was earlier believed.
Police said colleagues and acquaintances in Swathi’s workplace would be investigated in the coming days as investigators are still in the dark about the youth in the CCTV footage, believed to be the suspect.
On Monday, appalled over an alleged statement made by the Commissioner of Police, Chennai, published in an English news daily that though railway stations were out of the jurisdiction of the city police, he had offered help to the railway police in investigating the murder at the Nungambakkam station, a Division Bench of Justices S. Nagamuthu and V. Bharadhidasan suo motu summoned the public prosecutor and sought a clarification.
A special team led by Nungambakkam Assistant Commissioner of Police has been constituted to probe the case. The cyber crime department and the CB-CID will also be assisting in the investigation.