At least 32 gangsters are suspected to have fled to the Gulf
City-based gangsters who have fled the law for safe havens in Dubai are using local thugs to suppress their underworld rivals and extort money from families of “Gulf Malayalis” in the district, police officers say.
At least 32 gangsters are suspected to have fled to the Gulf using fake passports. Among them are a few underworld chieftains who are currently directing mafia hits and running protection rackets from abroad.
Investigators say they noticed the “disturbing trend” recently when the police filed a special report in court last month, accusing absconding gang leader ‘Attingal' Ayyappan of abetting the murder of an underworld rival in 2008.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Attingal, D. Rajendran, says that Ayyappan, a wanted man, is believed to be heading a profitable sewage disposal business in the Gulf. He is known to have held secret meetings with his associates in Wayanad and Goa last year. The police suspect that he is using a fake passport to enter and exit the country at will.
Mr. Rajendran says Ayyappan's role in the murder of one Kannan Kunjumon in Chirayankeezh , which has a sizeable population of Malayalis employed in the Gulf, came to light last December with the arrest of his associate Pallan Rajesh.
The police told the court that Ayyappan plotted Kunjumon's murder and transferred Rs.47,000 from the Gulf to execute it. They have named him the prime conspirator in the case.
The police said that another gang leader, believed to have absconded to the Gulf, had ordered an arson attack on the house of his rival at Kazhakuttom recently.
The police are collecting the Gulf-based addresses of the absconding gang leaders, their passport details (including the fake ones used by them), mobile phone numbers and also the particulars of their foreign business partners to issue lookout notices against the wanted men through the Interpol.
According to the police, nearly 1,300 arrest warrants are “long pending” execution in the district. Most of the warrants are against people accused in traffic cases. A considerable number of the warrants, at least 100, are against persons accused of violent crimes as well as cheating and cheque fraud.