Cops fight over jurisdiction, woman’s body left at bus stop for 14 hours

An argument between Madurantakam and Melmaruvathur police over jurisdiction left the body of an unidentified elderly woman lie unattended at the bus stop for around 14 hours from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.
Cops fight over jurisdiction, woman’s body left at bus stop for 14 hours
The body lying unattended at a bus stop in Kancheepuram

Chennai

Even though the body started to decompose and public and students were unable to wait at the bus stop, the officers of the two police station refused to act until the Superintendent of Police intervened and ordered them to shift the body to a governmenthospital.

On Wednesday, commuters noticed an elderly woman lying unconscious at the bus stop around 9 pm. When a few of them tried to wake her, they found out that she was dead. Immediately, the public informed the Madurantakam police station. Though a police team arrived around midnight, they said it was not their jurisdiction as the body was lying inside the bus stop. The police team told the public that particular location falls under the control of Melmaruvathur police station.

Following this, the people informed Melmaruvathur police. They also came to the spot around 6 am on Thursday and said that the place doesn’t fall under their jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the body started to decompose and school students and other public, who came to the bus stop, were unable to stand there. The public also contacted the revenue officials and sought their help to remove the body. However, the efforts of the revenue officials to convince the police officers in both stations ended in vain.

Later, the news reached the Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police D Kannan, who ordered the Melmaruvathur police to shift the body immediately. Around 12.30 pm, the body was sent to the Chengalpattu Government Hospital. The police said the deceased woman was yet to be identified and was found roaming in the locality for the last few days.
AREA PROBLEM
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