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Eyewitnesses said the official drove the car, while the officer’s version to police was that the woman drove the car. The car was at high speed, the eyewitnesses told the cops.
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POLICE MISCHIEF AGAIN
Police tried to create an impression that it was not known who drove the car. The eyewitnesses on the spot, including two auto-drivers, gave evidence to police on the spot that the man drove the vehicle and he got out of the car first, after the mishap. It was also clear that the officer was drunk. Police reached the spot immediately after the hit, as the police station was close by. But, efforts were made by cops to “save” senior IAS official, it is learnt.
The cops also behaved as if they have not checked the CCTV footage of over 40 cameras places all along the road where the accident took place. This was unbelievable. The cameras clearly show who drove the car, and whether it was a man or woman. Still, cops tried to cover up the facts. They also quickly removed the woman from the scene.
The version of the eye-witnesses is less important than what is seen on the CCTV. This could be unassailable evidence in court.
|WHO, SHE? … The woman in the car…|
Police has collected some information about the woman but is not revealing this to the media. Cops say they are still investigating the links the official had with the woman, and how both ended up in the car after the party and why he drove her car.
Wafa Firoz reportedly told the cops at the station that the official, her friend, called around 12,30am to pick him up from Kavadiar. She drove the car to Kavadiar, but the official entered and took control of the wheels though he was drunk.
she said her husband worked in the Gulf. The car had reportedly been involved in accidents in the past. It was also caught on CCTV, for over=speeding in the past.
Initially, it seems, she agreed to cops to the line Sriram took; that she drove the vehicle — or so say the cops.
Even then, she was immediately removed from the scene by the cops. They called an Uber service car to take her home, while they detained her car. It was after a crowd of media personnel who reached the spot created noise that the cops called her back from her home and subjected to a blood test.
The pressure from the media helped to an extent in checking police attempts to suppress evidence or take the case in different directions to mess up with the situation. The police force in the state has been involved in several cover-up operations in recent times, bringing down its reputations.
Dr Sriram Venkataraman passed the UPSC civil services examination with second rank in 2012. He is a doctor by education. He was on leave for some time, went abroad on a sabbatical. He had returned to work only a short while ago, and was given charge of the Survey department as also some other departments.
Earlier, he had served as the Idukki district sub collector in Munnar, took on what looked like principled stands and often faced tongue-lashes from politicians for his refusal to bend to their wishes. He was a darling of the media.
At the same time, why he acted in rash driving not keeping with the dignity of an IAS official is a big question now.
|Prof Venkataraman and Rajam|
Sriram Venkataraman hails from Kerala. He had his schooling in Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir in Kochi. He did MBBS from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, and MD from SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack, Odisha. His parents, Prof (retd) Venkataraman and wife Rajam resided in Panampalli Nagar in Kochi. Agencies, IHN-NN
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