Gang wars return
With another murder on Monday, the toll this year in M’luru rises to 4
For Mangalureans, the New Year has started on a bloody note. If the alarming trend is anything to go by, the deadly gang wars have returned to haunt the coastal city. The first three weeks of 2018 witnessed four murders — two of which were communal and the others two were the result of gang wars. Adding to the list, 45-year-old Shivraj was hacked to death on Monday morning.
DCP (Law and Order) Hanumanthraya said, “On Monday morning at 4:30 am, Shivraj, a resident of Bokkapatna, who was sleeping on his home terrace, was bludgeoned to death by three persons.” It’s learnt that Shivraj is the brother of Bharatesh, a rowdy sheeter. The police arrested three people in this connection and investigation is under progress,” the DCP said.
The arrested have been identified as Sunil Poojary (32), Dhiraj (25) and Mallesh. The year began with the murder of BJP worker Deepak Rao on January 3 followed by the revenge murder of Abdul Basheer. On January 13, Elyas, belonging to the notorious ‘Target Gang’, was killed by his suspected rivals and on Monday another youth was killed.
Is the dreaded gang wars returning to the coastal city? A senior police officer said, “Mangaluru, known as mini-Mumbai, has a long history of gang wars dating back to the 80s. However, it was with the murder of Amar Alva in the early 90s the underworld connections to the two coastal cities of Mumbai and Mangalore surfaced.”
‘Result of political games’
Another officer added, “However, these days rival killings seem to be on the rise. Election year means more crime. Political interference in policing is high in the district and no good officer wants to serve in Mangaluru. If somone decides to work in Mangaluru and is sincere at this work, he will be transferred. Anti-social elements are taking advantage of this situation.
Even jails are not spared
The gang wars are having its ripples in the prison as well. The notorious Madoor Yousuf alias Madoor Isubu and Ganesh Shetty, a sharp shooter aged 40, and close aide of underworld don Chota Shakeel were killed inside the Mangaluru jail on November 2015.
Last year, the Surtahkal police had arrested a bank manager after a fixed deposit account of Rs 55 crore belonging to a government agency Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) was allegedly transferred to other accounts, reportedly by creating a fake deposit account.
“It is learnt that the manager was tortured inside the jail by the Kodikere Gang members who were lodged in the same cell. They would torture him physically and mentally and even resort to ragging inside the jail. He was forced to make calls from inside the jail to his house demanding ransom. Unable to bear the torture, his family decided to reach out to the police,” the officer said.
Four more arrested in Farangipete double murder case
TNN | Nov 17, 2017
MANGALURU: The Dakshina Kannada district police have arrested four more persons in connection with gruesome double murder at Farangipeteduring a gang war on night of September 25. The total number of arrests have gone up to 11.
According to police, accused who have been absconding from past two months were picked up from various places.
It can be recalled that two rowdy sheeters – Ziya, Fayaz- met a bloody end late in gang-war. The attack that took place near a hotel along Bengaluru-Mangaluru NH at Farangipete under Bantwal rural police station limits, also left three others injured.
The attack took place around 10.45pm, 15-kms away from city. Accused, having criminal background from Adyar, came in a SUV, and attacked five members of their rival gang, who were in another car. Assailants attacked Ziya, Fayaz and three others with swords. While Fayaz died on the way to hospital, two others – Musthaq and Hameez received injuries.
Sources from police department added that old rivalry is the reason for attack
Zoya Akhtar To Direct Web Series On Gang Wars Titled ‘Mirzapur’
The growing popularity of digital content is an undisputed global phenomenon. Closer home, the freedom to explore new content with little censorship seems to have encouraged production houses to take cognisance of the strength of the web.
In the last few months, Netflix signed Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte for Sacred Games and Amazon Prime featured Vivek Oberoi and Richa Chadha in Inside Edge. Now, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar is set to explore the digital space by directing a web series, Mirzapur, about gang wars. It will be co-produced by her brother Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment.
Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi
Set in Uttar Pradesh, the show stars Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi. “I play a character that is opposite to my screen image,” says Fazal. Tripathi adds, “As an artiste, I don’t want to limit myself to any genre or language. I want to surprise the audience, and hence, keep raising the bar for myself.” There is talk that Farhan might do a cameo