Police killed a former Maoist and gangster involved in over 100 criminal cases, including the murder of a former IPS officer, in a shootout in Telangana’s Mahbubnagar district on Monday.
Police sources said a Greyhounds team - an elite anti-extremist force of Telangana police - surrounded a residential neighbourhood in Shadnagar town, about 50km from Hyderabad, in the morning on a tip-off. They also vacated surrounding houses as a precautionary measure.
Mohammed Nayeemuddin, alias Nayeem, and his accomplices shot at police, who returned fire. After a gunfight that lasted around 10 minutes, police entered the hideout and found Nayeem in a pool of blood. His followers are learnt to have fled the spot.
Police recovered a few weapons from the spot. Further details are awaited.
Nayeem, who belonged to Bhongir town in Nalgonda district, worked for the People’s War Group in the late 1980s.
He was allegedly involved in the killing of Indian Police Service officer KS Vyas on January 27, 1993. He was arrested for the murder but got bail and turned a gangster.
He was also involved in 20 murder cases, including that of surrendered Maoist Sambasivudu, his brother Ramulu, another ex-Maoist Patlolla Goverdhan Reddy and civil liberties leader Purushottam.
He and his gang were involved in land settlements, real estate dealings, illegal arms supply and extortions.