Man goes missing on train, kin accuses Railway Police of inaction
When the family requested the officials to scan through CCTV footage to trace the man, they claimed the technical person was not available and the family was asked to wait.
Henri Tiphagne, an activist and founder of People’s Watch, says despite having the added value of technology, it is not utilized. “They prefer to use technology for surveillance rather than investigation. We have not seen higher level use of the technology. For example, anti-nuclear social activist Mugilan’s missing complaint was sent online on 16 February to the police. Exactly ten days later, I got a call from Tindivanam station inquiring about the complaint, whereas, two court hearings were already held in connection with the incident. This is the case, even for a high profile person’s missing case. The police have to ensure they have the mechanism to put up the missing complaints in public domain,” he adds.
When questioned about the difficulties faced by the police for the delay in filing of missing complaints, a inspector said, most of such complaints turn out to be fake.