Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police have secured the custody of a 31-year-old who is reckoned to be the most wanted gang leader in the district. Official sources identified the suspect as Ambalamukku Krishnakumar, an English Literature graduate and trained medical transcriptionist (a professional who converts voice recorded reports of physicians into text format for hospitals).

The police are yet to record his arrest. Krishnakumar is chiefly wanted for the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Renjith at Mannanthala on October 17, 2008.

The police had arrested him earlier in connection with the murder of an employee of Highness Bar, near Injackal, in 2006 and the gangland killing of ‘Aprani’ Krishnakumar on the National Highway bypass at Chakka in 2007. He was also named as accused in a case relating to the attempted murder of an RSS activist near Palkulangara.

The police said Krishnakumar along with another gang leader ‘Karate’ Suresh had ordered the crude bomb attack on a Central Prison warder to strike terror among other prisoners and jail staff when they were housed in the penal complex as remand prisoners in 2008.

‘Known Rowdy’

The District Collector declared him a ‘Known Rowdy’ and issued a detention warrant against him under the provisions of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act last year.

The police said Krishnakumar along with four CPI(M) activists (Vanchiyoor Hariprasad, Velli Narayanan, Chukkran Ajith and Motta Aji) killed Renjith in retaliation for the murder of their fellow party activist and business partner Vanchiyoor Vishnu, allegedly by RSS men at Kaithamukku last year. They said Krishnakumar injured his arm in the violence. He underwent treatment at a hospital in Nagercoil and later travelled to New Delhi for specialised care.

Investigators said Krishnakumar later moved to Varanasi where he worked for sometime at a petrol pump. He arrived in the city recently and went into hiding in the house of a friend, Shyam, at Ambalamukku. The police said Krishnakumar’s mother and his friends regularly deposited money in his ATM account.

Investigators said he moved to Wayanad with the help of one Deepu Dutt who studied with him at Chempazhanthy S.N. College. (Dutt is also an accused in the Highness Bar murder case. The police had earlier arrested Krishnakumar, Karate Suresh and Dutt from Kovalam on the charge of possessing arms).

City Police Commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar had received secret information that Krishnakumar was seen with five others at the Nenmara Wildlife sanctuary this week. He also learnt that they were proceeding towards the capital district in a van. The police said they would reveal the details of the arrest and the names of Krishnakumar’s accomplices later. The vehicle is registered in the name of one Unni George of Thiruvambadi.