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KASARAGOD: Singed by a police crackdown, the drug gangs of Uppala and Paivalike created terror in Manjeshwar, first, by opening hearth within the air, after which by firing at cops. Karnataka police subdued them at Vitla, and one other staff misplaced 140 kg of marijuana to the Kerala police.
“We put our lives at stake up to now 24 hours,” stated Kasaragod deputy superintendent of police P P Sadanandan, who led the operation towards the drug gangs. “It isn’t over but. We’re nonetheless in pursuit of three gangsters led by Raheem of Miyapadav,” he stated.
It began 5 days in the past when a particular police staff raided a home at Vorkady and arrested 5 suspected members of a drug gang and seized a pistol and a automobile in Paivalike, stated Sadanandan. The pistol was made in England.
The police have been shocked by the cocky response of the gangs to the raids. “They launched a video on social media the place they displayed 5 weapons — 4 pistols and a rifle. It was as if to say, you will have seized one pistol however we’ve extra,” he stated.
In a single video, an individual sitting within the driver’s seat of a parked automobile pulls out a pistol from the cellular storage, cocks it, and faucets the gun on the stereo which is taking part in hip-hop music. The digital camera pans out from the pistol and focuses on the street signage which says Morthana, straight, Manjeshwar and Uppala, left.
In one other clip, two individuals have been firing two pistols. It was posted as a ‘story’ on Instagram on March 23 by one Ashkar, who recognized himself as a blogger.
It was as if the gangs have been difficult the police, stated the DySP. The police replied in form. The subsequent day, round 5 am on March 24, the DySP shaped 14 groups headed by 14 officers from the Kasaragod division and concurrently searched 60 homes in Manjeshwar, Kumbla, and Kasaragod police limits.
The homes belonged to history-sheeters who had long-pending warrants towards them, he stated. “We didn’t get any large gangsters however managed to arrest 5 individuals linked to those gangs. Now, we had 10 individuals in custody,” he stated.
The arrested individuals have been recognized as Ashkar of Morthana, who uploaded the video, ‘Tyre’ Faisal of Seethamgoli, Badaruddeen of Bela, Aboobacker of Arikkady, and Shihab.
On March 25, Thursday, round 2 pm, two hatchbacks with three individuals every drove into Uppala city. One particular person opened hearth into the air and the 2 vehicles zipped off, stated police.
Officers believed the open firing was in response to the raid and arrest the day gone by. Manjeshwar police led by the inspector and sub-inspector reached the spot and ordered the closure of all escape routes. Extra police groups have been referred to as in and a combing operation was launched for the suspected gangsters.
Round 3 pm, Kasaragod police noticed one of many vehicles at Miyapadav. However on seeing the police, the automobile sped away. “We chased it for half an hour however couldn’t catch it. They have been driving at 120 to 130 km per hour as in the event that they have been on medication,” stated the DySP.
The police arrange bandobasts at necessary junctions to forestall their escape. “Round 4.30 pm, we noticed the automobile deserted at Koolavayal close to Miyapadav.
The police discovered an empty case of a spherical. “We suspect case belonged to the spherical fired at Uppala,” stated the DySP.
Because the automobile was locked, the police organized a car to tow it to Manjeshwar police. Round 8.30 pm, when the police started towing the automobile, the gangsters appeared once more in two vehicles and opened hearth on the police, stated the officer. “One spherical hit a police jeep,” he stated.
When the police returned hearth, they fled from the scene.
This compelled the police to dam all roads. “We used Google Maps to seek out all exit routes and blocked them,” he stated.
Kerala police additionally alerted the police in Puttur, Sulliya, and Vitla in Karnataka.
Round 4 am, one of many vehicles approached the barricade arrange at Kodange on the Kerala-Karnataka border by Vittal police.
Dakshina Kannada police stated these contained in the automobile opened hearth on the officers manning the submit. The automobile got here to a cease when it rammed into the barricade, it stated.
Vittal police arrested the three individuals contained in the automobile. They recognized the individuals as Mohammed Wakeer, Abdul Latheef, and Ashfaq. Additionally they recovered one pistol, 13 reside rounds, one dagger. Additionally they impounded the automobile.
The Dakshina Kannada police stated the three individuals recognized themselves as members of a gang working in Paivalike, Miyapadav, and Kasaragod.
In the meantime, Kasaragod police stored combing the world and round 2.30 pm discovered a automobile deserted on the fringes of a forest at Kundadka in Meenja panchayat.
The Kasaragod DySP stated they discovered 140kg of marijuana and 55g of MDMA, a psychoactive drug.
He stated they have been looking out for the three individuals within the automobile. The police stated they have been going forward with the operation to establish and nab the leaders of the gangs.