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A Robbery in a Shopping Center

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The police team headed by the SHO arrived at the building and witnessed the hacked doors of the shops and the selves wiped off the stocks and the displays.  The usual procedures of the evidence collection—photographing, fingerprinting, dealing with the CCTV images, and questioning the people living nearby followed.

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“A break-in in a building at ‘Perumbavoor’ Thampuran Kota Police station received an alert message in the wee hours of 16 August 2017.

The building stood in the industrial area of the town, thickly populated by the natives and the migrant labourers who arrived from various parts of the nation. 

The police team arrived at the premises of the building less than an hour after the station received the alert message.  

The four-storey building, with a fa├žade of modern architecture, adds pride to the emerging developmental culture of the district.   Its ground floor was a parking centre, three levels immediately above showcased shops running businesses by a women’s self-help group as part of the emerging culture of women entrepreneurship.  The top flour was used as office rooms by international brands.

Recently, the shops stopped functioning as the women’s business ran into bankruptcy.  As per discreet media news, recovery plans to put it back to its original glory were taking momentum.

The area surrounding the building was known for organised crimes where break-ins, murder, and suicide were daily occurrences that gave raving feed to the crime reports in the local TV stations and the print and online media. 

The police team headed by the SHO arrived at the building and witnessed the hacked doors of the shops and the selves wiped off the stocks and the displays.  The usual procedures of the evidence collection—photographing, fingerprinting, dealing with the CCTV images, and questioning the people living nearby followed.

It was a high-profile case with political interest.  The women running the businesses were the spearheads of the woman entrepreneurship theory and came from the families and communities of the leadership and opposition political parties.

Arjun received ‘important’ calls from high places to crack the case and bring the offenders to book without any delay.  He took an interest in the incident, studied the SHO reports, paid attention to the evidence report, and watched the CCTV footage.  Three cameras positioned at the strategic positions covered a wide area.  He ran his eyes carefully through every spot.  When he came to the parking, he picked a surprise—a blue Honda City in azure blue. 

After searching through the previous case dairies, he established the car’s registration number.  It matched with that of the Honda City unleashed a swarm of flies in his head. 

What was Malavika doing there?  Then he corrected himself.  Was she the one using it?  It was possible that a member of her family or a friend came to the shop and parked there.  But the shops were not running in the recent days.  On the top floor ran offices of the businesses of international fame.  Malavika had claimed as an employee of Info-park.  


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