Hyderabad, Aug 8: The Telangana Police carried out an important operation on Moday in which it managed to kill one of the state's most notorious gangster, Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem. In an encounter that commenced at 8.30 am, Nayeem was killed by the police at Shadnagar which is 50 kilometres away from Hyderabad.
Nayeem has been on the wanted list for a host of cases. There are around 100 cases against him out of which 20 relate to murder alone. He had given the police a slip in 2007 while being produced before the court.
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A few months back two MLAs from Telangana complained to Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao about extortion threats made by Nayeem. This led to a directive to the police to nab Nayeem.
The tip off
The police worked on several leads relating to Nayeem. A few days back, the police got concrete information about his whereabouts. As per intelligence, Nayeem would visit his house at Millenium Colony at Shadnagar either on Saturday night or Sunday.
The police kept a close tab on this area and by Sunday evening, they had established that Nayeem was indeed at his Millenium Colony House. The police informed the state's greyhounds which specialises in naxal operations. On Sunday night, a big encounter was prepared for and the police began evacuating the entire colony.
Heavy police presence was also deployed in the bordering areas to ensure that Nayeem and his accomplices do not slip out. The police were attempting to catch him alive. However, one of his gang members opened fire at the security personnel which led to a bloody encounter.
The forces managed to gun down Nayeem and another person.
Who is Nayeemuddin?
An extortionist, gangster and a former naxalite, Nayeemuddin has over a 100 cases pending against him. He is wanted in 20 murder cases which includes that of IPS officer S Vyas. He had murdered Vyas as he was involved in major anti-naxal operations.
He was part of the People's War Group. After a long stint with the naxalites, he surrendered. However, while being presented before the court in 2007, he managed to escape from the police. He had told the police that he wanted to go to the bathroom and then managed to give the slip.
He then formed his own gang. He was in fact running two gangs called the Nallamalla Cobras and the Kakatiya Cobras. He was involved in the killing of several civil rights activists. On several occasions he tipped off the police about the presence of other criminals.
One such information that he shared was regarding the presence of Sohrabbudin Sheikh-a notorious gangster killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter.
In 2011, he was rumoured to have died following a paralytic stroke. It was stated that he had undergone treatment at Kerala and had passed away there. However, later it was found that the news of his death was circulated to reduce the heat on himself.
Nayeem was also involved in several land deals in Hyderabad. In the recent past there were several complaints against him. He had started a major extortion racket and even began threatening politicians which led to a series of complaints.