Big criminals have their base in city
AFTER THE arrest of underworld don Chota Rajan's gangman Irfan Sheikh and Jeeva?s escape from the city, another don, involved in the killing of Krishnanad Rai may have laid bare the fact that big criminals of the State and the country have made their base in the town. But cops have a different story to narrate.Updated: Feb 12, 2006 01:15 IST
AFTER THE arrest of underworld don Chota Rajan's gangman Irfan Sheikh and Jeeva’s escape from the city, another don, involved in the killing of Krishnanad Rai may have laid bare the fact that big criminals of the State and the country have made their base in the town. But cops have a different story to narrate.
As a matter of fact the city is under the siege of criminals for the past about two decades. Either the cops were not aware of this siege or they deliberately turned a blind eye to it, says a police officer wishing anonymity.
Remember Sri Prakash Shukla hounded by the state police some years ago and then ultimately falling to the trap laid by the STF in Ghaziabad. This lanky yet awesome don of the eastern UP had his base in a house near the women's hostel here.
And believe it or not Bihar's dreaded don Suraj Bhan often visits the city for treatment in a private hospital. So secret and camouflaged is his foray into this town that nobody gets a wind of it. Yes, some of the same ilk meet him.
The beginning had been made by Brajesh Singh, one of the most notorious dons of eastern UP in 1990, says a station officer who had been posted here on three occasions since then. Brajesh is now said to be safely living in Malaysia with his family and is operating from there leaving the police guessing whether he is actually alive or dead.
Much wanted ganglords--Dhananjay Singh of Jaunpur, Abhay Singh of Faizabad who is said to have been involved in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rai and Pawan Pandey of Ambedkar Nagar had often been visiting the city for some thing or the other.
A visit to the city used to be a must whenever they boarded Mumbai bound trains. As of now the boarding destination has been shifted to Lucknow, says a cop.
Then Varanasi based dons 'Bachkani' and 'Natey' who had allegedly rained bullets on the car of Jawahar Pandit, the Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, in 1996 killing him on the spot in the heart of Civil lines, had also made a base in the city.
This supari killing had rattled the police department as it was for the first time when AK 47 rifle was used in the shoot-out.
Then came the difficult to digest revelation that even terrorists were having a safe heaven in the city in 2001. This was revealed following police raid in Phulpur but the bird was out of the cage. Cops had to be content with nabbing the three persons who harboured them.
They are still in Jail. However, the Lucknow STF after a short while claimed to have gunned down three of the terrorists who had visited Allahabad and had kept their weapons in a house.
Gorakhpur's much wanted don Anjesh Yadav had been living in Shivkuti. The criminal was killed in an encounter in Rae Bareli in 2003.
Call it bad luck or his fate his AK 47, for reasons unknown, had been left behind. On its part the Special Task Force (STF) left no stone unturned to find this weapon but could not succeed.
Another don of the same district, Amit Varma, who was nabbed from Rambagh and later killed in an encounter in 2004 had caused nightmare for the doctors and industrialists of Gorakhpur. With his threats he had extracted crores from them, say police sources.