Cops' inaction in tracing missing man criticised

The residents of Gilferts Malayali Line in the town raised their voice of protest against the Marikuppam police, over their negligence in tracing a newly wedded man, who is absconding after abandoning his wife of 15 days.

Shilpashri, a resident of Gilferts Malayali Line, married Madivannan from the same locality two months ago. After the marriage, the couple stayed in Mandya for a few days and returned to Kolar Gold Fields.

Madivannan’s brother Navakumar arrived in a vehicle one day and kidnapped Madivannan. When Shilpashri tried to intervene, she was pushed away.

For the last several days, she has been staging a dharna outside her in-laws’ house, urging them to search for her husband. Her mother has joined her in her dharna. Seeking a solution, residents of the layout held a meeting and advised her in-laws to search for Madivannan. Her in-laws assured of searching him, but are said to be absconding ever since.

Amid all this, it is alleged that the Marikuppan police sub inspector, Muniratnam, is said to be helping the family of Madivannan. It is also alleged that the police are not acting on the complaint lodged by Shilpashri. Hundreds of residents from the Line, took out a march at Andersonpete on Tuesday, protesting against the incident. They also staged a dharna in front of the boy’s house and shouted slogans against the police.

The protesters demanded that action should be initiated against Marikuppam Police Sub-Inspector Muniratnam. The missing Madivannan should be immediately traced and Shilpashri should get justice in the case.

Deputy Superintendent of Police S S Rajanna visited the spot and held a dialogue with the protesters. He assured them that genuine efforts will be made to trace the boy within a couple of days. It was only after the assurances that the residents withdrew their protest.

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