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Malaysia-based dons scare cops

SYNDICATE OF Malaysia-based fugitive dons PP Pandey alias Bunty Pandey, Fazal-ur-rehman, Santosh Shetty and Eizaz Lakadwala have left top cops in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal in a tizzy. The dons have made the two States their new bases to carry out nefarious activities, which included kidnapping, gunrunning racket, extortion and hawala deals. The cops from Mumbai, Gujarat, UP and Uttaranchal are hunting for the four dons for the last half decade.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 00:48 IST

SYNDICATE OF Malaysia-based fugitive dons PP Pandey alias Bunty Pandey, Fazal-ur-rehman, Santosh Shetty and Eizaz Lakadwala have left top cops in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal in a tizzy. The dons have made the two States their new bases to carry out nefarious activities, which included kidnapping, gunrunning racket, extortion and hawala deals. The cops from Mumbai, Gujarat, UP and Uttaranchal are hunting for the four dons for the last half decade.

The revelation was made after the sensational killing of a leading businessman of Haldwani (Uttaranchal) Pankaj Khandelwal on January 24. Pankaj, owner of Jai Guru Jewellers and Jai Guru Hotel, was shot dead while he was leaving his shop for home in the night.

Bunty Pandey had made a phone call to Pankaj’s brother Pradip Khandelwal on January 25 claiming responsibility for the killing. Pandey also made a call to a senior reporter of a Delhi-based news channel on January 28 revealing that he had orchestrated Pankaj’s killing as the latter had turned down his ransom demand.

Information gathered by STF sleuths and the Uttaranchal Police indicated that besides Bunty and Rehman, Shetty and Eizaz were operating in Mumbai only.

Though Bunty and Rehman too had business interests in Mumbai and their gang members were still active there, the duo was operating in UP and Uttaranchal too.

However, after Abu Salem’s arrest and CBI efforts to curb activities of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shaqeel in and around Mumbai, the four gangsters were left with no option but to shift their base. Since Bunty and Fazal-ur-rehman already had strong network of gang members in UP and Uttaranchal they offered Eizaz and Shetty an alliance.

Now, Bunty is playing the key role in the syndicate as he enjoys a strong base in both the States. Bunty’s confidant Bhupendra Bora alias Bhupi of Tallital, Nainital, who carries a reward of Rs 50,000 from the Uttaranchal Police, is the sole in-charge and operates as per instructions of the four dons. While Bhupi is operating the syndicate’s business from Nepal, Bunty’s wife Neelam, who was a bar girl in Mumbai before marrying the don, frequents the Himalayan State to take account of the trade.

After the Nainital police gunned down Bunty’s close aides Narendra Rana and Pappu Shahi in an encounter in Kichha in April 2005, the don is in the process of recruiting freshers to work for the syndicate.