Home Minister orders intensive anti-goonda drive in the wake of the three recent murders,

writes G. Anand

The police will forbid more than 50 persons categorised as “criminal elements” from entering the city.

Inspector General of Police (Thiruvanantha-puram-Range) Arun Kumar Sinha said “restriction” notices will be issued against them under section 15 of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act. Those who violate the notices could face arrest, remand and up to three years of imprisonment.

The action is part of the intensive anti-goonda drive ordered by Minister for Home Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in the wake of the three recent gangland murders in the city.

The police will confiscate the property of Om Prakash, Attingal Ayyappan, Goondukadu Shabu, Althara Binesh and other wanted men who are believed to be absconding after the District Collector issued preventive detention orders against them under the provisions of the Act. The police have formed special squads to secure their custody.

The IG has asked Circle Inspectors to prepare the list of “potential offenders” in their respective areas of jurisdiction. The police will invoke the provisions of the Act against those who harbour, provide information or financial help to criminal elements.

The police are also seeking information on underworld activity from the public. Any criminal activity related information could be passed on anonymously to the Commissioner at 1090 (Crime Stopper Cell) or 0471-2320579. The police will protect the identity of the informants and they will be rewarded if their information results in arrests or seizures.

According to police, there are more than 176 “active” criminals in the city. Most operate as well organised gangs.

As many as 12 murders and 18 attempts to murders were reported in the city this year till September 30. There were 16 instances of use of country-made bombs. Officials said most of the cases were related to gang land activity or underworld feuds.