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Anti-social element hacked to death

BANGALORE, APRIL 29. Notorious gangster, Thammaiah of Govindarajnagar, was chased and hacked to death by the members of a rival gang near Attiguppe on West of Chord Road in Vijayanagar Police limits here on Sunday.

In a retaliatory attack, Thammaiah's supporters ransacked the house of a CAR Sub-Inspector of Police, Mr. Narayanappa, in Govindarajnagar, and damaged two motorcycles and a scooter. Glass panes of the house were smashed.

It is said that Mr. Narayanappa's son was an informant of Thammaiah's rival and another anti-social element, Govindaraj alias Govinda, who is now in jail. Police suspect that Govindaraj, a supporter of notorious gangster, Jederahalli Krishnappa, masterminded Thammaiah's murder.

At about 2 p.m., Thammaiah (31), along with two others, who was driving in his car from the house of a leading real estate agent on Vijayanagar Service Road, was on his way towards Mysore Road. Four persons, who came in a van, intercepted Thammaiah's car. The assailants armed with choppers and swords first attacked Thammaiah's car driver. When Thammaiah started running towards Attiguppe, they chased him and assaulted him with weapons causing multiple injuries. Thammaiah died on the spot, police said. Thammaiah's marriage was to take place on May 21 in Udupi.

As the van in which the culprits had come, had left by then, the gangsters went to an autorickshaw that was parked nearby and dragged out an aged woman who was sitting in it (two of her relatives had got off the vehicle and were buying some plastic ware), and forced the driver to take them to Mysore Road. After travelling some distance, they got off the autorickshaw, police said.

However, as a message was flashed on the wireless that the assailants had fled in an autorickshaw bearing an identified registration number, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Mr. U. Nissar Ahmed, who was on rounds near Mysore Road, chased the autorickshaw and intercepted it near Kengeri.

Mr. Nissar Ahmed told The Hindu that blood stains were found on the clothes of the autorickshaw driver. Along with the autorickshaw driver, three suspects, all of whom were anti-social elements from Govindarajnagar, had been secured for interrogation, the DCP said.

As the news of Thammaiah's murder spread, his supporters attacked the sub-inspectors' house, located opposite Thammaiah's house on 22nd Cross, Govindarajnagar. Metal chairs, stones, logs and iron rods were hurled at the house.

Broken glass pieces and stones were found strewn all over. A crowd gathered near Thammaiah's house. Police have beefed up security in the area fearing retaliatory attacks. Following the violent incident, all shops and business establishments in the area downed their shutters.

As many as 25 criminal cases were registered against Thammaiah during 1990-98, and he was ``rowdy-sheeted'' by the Vijayanagar Police. He was detained under the Anti-Goonda Act in 1996, and was lodged in Bellary Central Prison for a year. However, after 1998 no criminal case was booked against Thammaiah.

According to police sources and residents of Govindarajnagar, Thammaiah was into real estate business and politics. He was said to be a close supporter of a former minister and an associate member of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).

It is also said that Thammaiah was planning to contest the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) election to be held later this year. Last year, Aruna, a supporter of the jailed gangster, Govindaraj, was done to death allegedly by Thammaiah's supporters in Chandra Layout Police limits.

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