Hasan Ali Khan, the alleged money launder presently lodged in jail, would be examined by the Hyderabad police to investigate the charges that he smuggled antiques and gold jewellery of Nizam era out of country, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Khan, said on Wednesday.

He said the police were yet to get more information from the Enforcement Directorate based on whose complaint the city police registered a cheating case against Hasan Ali Khan.

The Commissioner was replying to a query on the progress of the case. The police teams were yet to ascertain if any antiques were smuggled from the city. A number of persons connected to Salar Jung Museum and the Nizam Trust were examined but no incriminating evidence was found yet, he said.

Attention diversion

Referring to thefts by attention diversion gangs in city, he said special teams sent to Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka had already picked up some suspects and the police were hoping to achieve a breakthrough.

Gangs from Ramjinagar of Tamil Nadu and Iranian gangs from northern States could be behind the offences, he said.

“Be alert and let another person accompany you if you are carrying huge sums of cash to keep eye on offenders,” the Commissioner said.

The city police had undertaken a special drive to open history-sheets against persons repeatedly indulging in offences. Already, there were 1,060 history-sheeters in the city and 680 more were identified. New history-sheets would be opened against persons involved in petty and Indian Penal Code offences in the past three years.

Six persons -- D. Mohan, Nizamuddin Ansari, Ahmed Bin Salem, D. Venkata Swamy, Shaik Mohammed, and Shaik Wahed -- were externed from the city. A tab was kept on 11 gangs interfering in cases of civil nature and threatening litigants.

The overall crime rate in the first four months of the current year dipped compared to the corresponding period last year. As against 48 murders last year, 46 cases of homicide were reported in the current year. House burglaries too had come down.

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