Monday, August 24, 2009

A dangerous trend…

While traveling through Alapuzha road, Hubby has never stopped reminding about the Kanichukulangara murder case and to show the Lorry which continues to lie there as witness. Bits and pieces of the case would float through my mind and I would feel sad at the state of affairs in Kerala. And now we have one more land mark, the place where the gruesome murder of Paul Muthoot occurred. Let me forget that this case got much interest since it involved a family of high influence and let me also forget the fact that wanted goondas were travelling with the victim. The way the case is moving makes me believe that the police will be forced to twist the facts and in the end we will never know the entire truth.

It is indeed sad to see the political and other murders committed so often in our state. We have never been satisfied by the court verdicts and many murderers still run scott free. Another murder that still stands fresh in my mind is that of the teacher K.T. Jayakrishnan in front of his 6th standard students in year 1999. The accused were given death sentence by the lower courts but were left free by the Supreme Court. I remember writing a very emotional letter to the Chief Minister and I am sure that letter reached nowhere but I could do nothing else.

Yesterday I watched a retired police commissioner say how the police are not allowed to do their work freely, although the Kerala Police is one of the best in the country. He said that unless the society cooperates this scenario is not going to change.

Is it only the judiciary and the police to be blamed?

Is it only the political parties to be blamed?

Below is an excerpt from The Hindu dated Nov 30, 2004

The story of derailed probes High Court strictures

The credibility of the crime investigation and prosecution machineries in the State has been deteriorating rapidly. The developments in the last few days have eroded it further. Legal experts attribute the failure of the investigative machinery to lack of experience, incompetence and corruption. Poor prosecution mechanism, they say, is owing to the incapability of Government lawyers. They feel that political interference is compounding the problem


  1. Things have not gone that bad in Kerala; we still have some kind of sanctity in our Police force compared to some real dark corners of our country.

    But it is indeed dangerous to note the ease at which the quotation gangs lead their life. Its all the murky waters of politics and money. As the Batman says, create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Simple as that!

  2. There are lot of gunda gangs inside the state, with political and financial backups. There should be some serious efforts to wipe them up from the grass-root level... Will it happen..?

  3. Things might be comparatively better in Kerala, though there are reports that the communists have resorted to a lot of violence. I think it is the same story everywhere. The politician, policeman, babu and criminal nexus is only growing stronger every day.

  4. Things are actually better in Kerala. Things are much worse in other parts of India.. That is no excuse though.. It is sad that this corruption in every leevl happens so much in our country.

  5. Scorpio: wish I could have your optimism.. but looking at the way this case has been politicised, I feel it is already lost. One will never know why these goondas were associated with Paul.. nd something which hurts ordinary folks is that this family is more than close to the Church... a sad state of affairs..

    rocksea: yes... this case has created a lot of interest and brought to light so much about the goondas.. but dont you wonder why these elements are being harbored within our society and that too by folks who have been given the "good certificate" by even the Church? When did we become so pitiful?

    Vinod: Things were better I think but not anymore... nd we Keralites await yet another Onam which symbolises a time that was entirely different..

    Smitha: Yes the corruption level is high and in Kerala materialism and commercialism is slowly killing goodness.... n

  6. Can't contribute much as I am not aware of these murders, but my blood boils when the criminals twist the law and get away with murder.

    Is it because of corruption ?

    I used to think that the judicial system is better here in the sense that with 12 jurors, it would be difficult to bribe all of them to come to a verdict. But recently when a jury found a group of people who killed a woman in the name of trying exorcism, the sentencing judge let them get away with just 'community service' !! Even though he didn't think that those family members will reoffend, he forgot that a young girl is dead.

  7. 2 B Mom: Gladto have you here..
    and those with money seems to be evading justice very easily..

    Have wondered how it works with jurors selected from ordinary citizens.. and New Zealand
    might be the same as US...

    came across an interesting article on American Juries..

  8. true, the society also give consistent backup to them to some extent...

  9. Rocksea: it is the society which creates these gundas... nd now we have seen that those who take up the sword dies by it.. and a few unfortunates gets caught up in these power struggle...

  10. Yes this is a very dangerous trend. Unless this tendencies ar enipped in the bud things are going to be difficult. There is defenitely theres a Gunda-police nexus theres no doubdt about it. The home ministry of the state unless urgent actions are taken Kerala will end up as a Gundas own country.

  11. Dr. Nambiar: a warm welcome to you..

    nd even now the case is going nowhere.. and sadly it has been politicised beyond repair.. while none is bothered about the crucial question as to why business houses hire gundas...


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