Hyderabad, Aug 11: The investigations that are being conducted following the death of renegade Naxal leader, Mohammad Nayeemuddin have brought up several details including those in the media and police who were on his payrolls. His diary entries suggest that he had kept some police officials and media personnels on his payrolls.
Payments between Rs 20,000 to Rs 90,000 to police officials and journalists were all noted down by Nayeemuddin who was shot dead in an encounter by the Telangana police last week.
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The Telangana police officials say that they will probe all these aspects. Nayeem, according to the police, was running a major extortion racket. He had made calls to builders and also MLAs demanding Rs 10 crore. Some MLAs who received such calls had complained to the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhara Rao.
Building an empire
The police have learnt that Nayeem who was once a naxalite had planned on building a major empire. He would tell his associates that he planned on building an empire like Dawood Ibrahim and hence had indulged in arms smuggling and also a major extortion racket.
He and his associates had identified over 40 builders and the plan was to extort huge sums of money from them. His role in arms smuggling was traced and it was found that he was operating between Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar.
Nayeem had built good relations with the media and the police personnel. After he quit the naxal movement, he remained a police informer for sometime. However, after he made a mysterious escape from court in 2007, he floated a gang which indulged in smuggling and extortion.
He had a select set of persons both in the media and police and would pay them on a monthly basis, investigations have also found.