Gangster Aziz Reddy alias Baba Reddy, said to be a close associate of Mumbai don Chhota Rajan, was killed in an encounter with the city police late on Wednesday night.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner B Prasada Rao said acting on a tip-off that the gangster and two armed associates were moving about in the posh Jubilee Hills locality apparently to settle a land dispute and extort money, the Commissioner’s Task Force rushed to the area. The team split into two groups and launched a manhunt for him.
The searches continued for two hours when the Task Force personnel spotted his car near Road No 46 leading from Ambedkar Open University to BN Reddy Nagar. The police team saw three men alighting from the car and standing on the road around 11.15 pm. The policemen identified one of them as Aziz Reddy.
As the policemen advanced towards the gang, Reddy and his associates tried to flee. When police party asked them to surrender Reddy whipped out his 9-mm pistol and started firing at them. Police personnel took cover at a nearby compound wall and returned the fire. In the encounter that ensued, Reddy died on the spot while his associates managed to escape in the darkness, the commissioner said. The Police Commissioner said that before coming in contact with Mumbai dons, Aziz Reddy, whose real name is Venkat Reddy, was a small-time rowdy in the city’s Musheerabad area. He was also involved in two murders in the city in 1990-91. Later, he shifted base to Mumbai and developed links with Dawood Ibrahim, who was operating from abroad.
Aziz Reddy is a 9th class dropout. He worked in a workshop in Musheerabad and later teamed up with two other rowdies and formed a gang and then went on to join the world of big-time gangsters.