Kasargod, Aug 02: A team of police from the district led by deputy superintendent of police, T P Ranjith, arrested four persons from Bangalore relating to cases of collecting protection money (Hafta) on behalf of goonda and mafia elements and helping these gangs in providing residential accommodation and other facilities to gang members.
Asif (24) from Paivalike Bayikatte Lakshamveedu Colony, Faizal alias Tyre Faizal (26) from Kumble AKG Nagar, Abdul Aziz alias Tadiyan Aziz (26) from Paivalike and Nizam (30) from Kumble Pookatte are the arrested persons.
The police said that the arrested persons are accomplices of Gujari Hameed from Paivalike Attegoly, a notorious criminal who was arrested a few days ago. The accused were arrested when the police raided a secluded spot in Bangalore, based on the information they culled from Gujari Hameed during his interrogation.
The police have said that Faizal is an accused in over ten cases. He had given the police a slip when they arrested Hameed from Udyavar Manjeshwar last week. Faizal happens to be the second accused in a case of threatening Manjeshwar police sub-inspector, Pramod, by flashing a revolver at him.
Faizal’s name also appears as an accused in cases relating blackmailing of businessmen and others by using women in Kasargod and Dakshina Kannada district. The police said that Faizal was also involved with an incident in which Hawala money amounting to Rs 16 lac was robbed from Kasargod in 2010, and also in a case in which a person named Zia was injured. He was also involved with assault on police in 2010, ganja trafficking, and other cases.
The police are looking out for more persons who are involved with this crime.