'Two more persons related to the Raja gang are active'
MANGALORE: With the Dakshina Kannada police killing David alias Shaji of the Bannanje Raja gang in an encounter here on Thursday, they have sent a message that they mean business when it comes to dealing with criminals.
The gang was active in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts and had unleashed a reign of terror among local businessmen. This gang is responsible for the mushrooming of live bands in the region.
It is now established that the gang is at large and the police said that there are at least two more persons related to it, who are active here.
Agreeing that the encounter has sent shock waves among the criminals in the city, Superintendent of Police B. Dayanand told The Hindu that the police would have only been happy had they been able to arrest David so that the menace of gangsters could have been brought under control for some time.
But David shot at the police team and was killed in the encounter that followed. However, the police recovered his cell phone which may contain information about his contacts.
Mr. Dayananda said such elements are only motivated by money, especially when they work for large syndicates such as the one led by Bannanje Raja. The Anti-Rowdy Squad, which was formed in 1995, achieved a major breakthrough with the Thursday's incident, he added.
Prior to the formation of the squad, Udupi was in Dakshina Kannada.
The squad was formed to counter "hafta" operators who had a free run in the district. Such a squad was first mooted when Kempaiah was the Superintendent of Police. But it was not until 1998 when N.S. Meghrikh gave a big boost to this squad.
The Inspector General of Police (Western Range), K.S. Suresh Babu, said the squad is ready for complicated operations to curb the activities of gangsters.
The Dakshina Kannada police have rewarded policemen after every successful campaign.
Mr. Babu said the sum announced may not commensurate with the risk they have taken. But nothing is too small when it is appreciated at the right time, Mr. Babu said.