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Telangana encounter: Gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin wanted to be politician, reveals probe

Nayeemuddin was gunned down in an alleged encounter on Monday.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
August 13, 2016 12:51:12 am
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Gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Hyderabad earlier this week, had been planning to become a businessman and a politician. To raise capital for the purpose, Nayeemuddin was hurriedly striking land deals using threats, coercion and extortion, investigators have found.

While about 400 sale deeds and land title documents have been seized from his various houses and dens, the police have also found evidence indicating that Nayeemuddin was desperate to enter politics. He primarily wanted cash to contest the Assembly election from Bhongir, his hometown in Nalgonda district, and was trying to purchase stake in any new Telugu news channel.

“He was brazenly distributing cash and gifts to people in Bhongir town, sponsoring cricket tournaments, giving cricket kits, distributing televisions sets to poor families. He was trying to transform his image into a kind of messiah for the poor,” an official said.

If his plan did not work out, Nayeemuddin was prepared to leave the country and set up base in the Gulf or Malaysia, sources said.

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Nayeemuddin was gunned down in an alleged encounter on Monday. A special investigation team (SIT) headed by IGP Nagi Reddy was formed to probe Nayeemuddin’s activities, especially the land deals that are estimated to be worth hundreds of crores. Nayeemuddin’s wife Haseena Begum has also been arrested for alleged involvement in the extortion racket.

Raids on Nayeemuddin’s houses have yielded sale deeds, four foreign-made pistols and at least 2 kg gold ornaments. Officials also found notes and jottings by Nayeemuddin regarding land deals on behalf of former Telugu Desam Party minister A Uma Madhava Reddy, who hails from Bhongir. Based on the notes, officials suspect that Nayeemuddin helped Uma Reddy — widow of TDP leader Madhava Reddy — with some land deals.

Uma Reddy refuted the allegations. “I have nothing to do with Nayeemuddin. My family and I do not need to do any spurious or illegal land deals. We were away from politics since 2004. Someone is trying to malign my family. We have written to the CM for a judicial probe,” she told The Indian Express.

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One entry in a notebook, which mentions the brother-in-law of a Congress leader, is being investigated. “We found dozens of SIMs and scores of mobile phones from the various houses of Nayeemuddin and we are analysing the call records,” an SIT member said.

Investigators said Nayeemuddin signed memorandums of understanding with two real estate and construction companies to become a partner as owner of a part of the land. Nayeemuddin also allegedly tried to get close to MLAs and MLCs from Nalgonda district in the hope of entering politics by contesting municipal ward elections. However, due to his Naxalite past and criminal activities, the politicians apparently gave him the cold shoulder until they became targets of his threats.

An official said Nayeemudiin appeared to be planning to settle in the Gulf or Malaysia if his political ambitions did not fructify. Officials found that he had procured fake identity proofs, PAN and purchased a house in a fictitious name.

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The SIT is also investigating the role of some police officers, including senior IPS officers, who allegedly patronised Nayeemuddin. Police are checking if figures mentioned in a notebook indicate monthly payments to police officers and lower-rung officials.

Contact numbers of police officers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been found in some phones. “As a former Naxalite, he had many contacts in the police establishment. He was an informer too. We will investigate every angle,’’ an officer said.

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First published on: 13-08-2016 at 12:51:12 am
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