Probe into Nayeem’s crimes painfully slow

  • Of 166 cases, charge-sheets filed in only five

Hyderabad: The pressure on the culprits who were wheeling and dealing with notorious gangster Nayeemuddin (Nayeem) is getting petered out as the Special Investigating Team (SIT) is taking a lot of time to complete its probe and file charge-sheets.

 There are 166 cases related to the mafia don. The SIT officials were not able to come to conclusion in these cases which are mostly based on the complaints received from the victims of the slain gangster. Those who are questioned have approached courts for anticipatory bail. The SIT officials have been lenient towards the accused giving the latter full advantage of the lapses in investigation.

The laidback attitude of the investigating agency has been causing mental agony to the victims. Delay in interrogation and filing of charge-sheets is giving leeway to the accused to approach the courts and obtain anticipatory bail. The victims are afraid that some of Nayeem’s followers who are still at large might harm them for complaining to the police. Nayeem was killed more than three months ago in an exchange of fire with the police near Shadnagar in Mahaboobnagar district.

Chintala Venkateswara Reddy, TRS leader from Bhongir of newly created Yadadri district, had secured anticipatory bail in a criminal case registered against him. Another accused in the same case, a municipal counselor, too secured an anticipatory bail. 101 persons were arrested in the 166 cases related to Nayeem and his gang. But Venkateswara Reddy, a ruling party leader, was not arrested for reasons not known.  Neti Vidyasagar Rao, the deputy chairperson of TS Legislative Council, was neither arrested nor questioned. His name appeared in the First Information Report (FIR) relating to extortion of Rs 50 lakh by Nayeem gang.

Although names of prominent lawyers and leaders were mentioned in the FIRs regarding three criminal cases in Karimnagar, only two persons of low profile were arrested and the rest were not even questioned. Some of the accused have been approaching the High Court with a plea to quash the FIRs filed by the police. Searches conducted by the police in the dens of the don revealed a crime cobweb of mindboggling proportions. There was an unending queue of victims before the police stations with their tales of woes. Searches in Nayeem’s building at Narsingi and other parts of Telangana led to huge sums of cash, arms and documents. The gangster had a strange habit of noting down every criminal detail in his diary. The dairy led the investigators to the accused.

The TS government had appointed the SIT in the wake of the death of the gangster to investigate a number of criminal cases related to him. After a couple of weeks the head of the SIT was changed. All that the SIT did in three months was to file charge-sheet in just five cases. At this rate filing of charge-sheets in the rest of 161 cases would take years. There is nothing for the criminals to fear.

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