Thiruvananthapuram: The rural police have launched a hunt for those suspected to be responsible for the gangland murder of Vinod, alias `Changidi’ Vinod, at Kazhakkuttom on Monday.
Circle Inspector, Kazhakkuttom, Muhammad Iqbal said `Karate’ Suresh, Arun and `Pappadam’ Praveen were the main accused in the murder case. The three other persons involved in the hit operation were yet to be identified. Mr. Iqbal said that Vinod’s murder was in retaliation to the two attempts made on Suresh’s life by a rival gang owing allegiance to `Aprani’ Krishnakumar. The murder of Vinod was the last in the chain of a series of gangland fights in Kazhakkuttom, Medical College, Peroorkada and Thumba police station limits, the police said. Two months ago, `Koluthu’ Chandran was attacked by a Kazhakkuttom-based gang suspected to be led by `Peeli’ Shibu and Ratheesh. Circle Inspector, Medical College, K.E. Baiju said that Sali, a rent-a-car operator who has been named as accused in several cases, including cheating and kidnapping, was being investigated in connection with the attack on Chandran.
The police said they were collecting information on criminal gangs and their sponsors for initiating legal action.
Abandoned girl rescued
Thiruvananthapuram: A five-year-old girl from a nomadic group, who was apparently abandoned by her mother at Thampanoor railway station on Tuesday, was rescued by the Railway Protection Force and handed over to Childline authorities.
The child’s mother was later traced at Kollam and brought back by the police. Childline authorities presented both mother and child before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who sent them to the Mahila Mandiram at Poojappura.
Man found dead
The police on Tuesday night closed a toddy shop at Kallambalam after a 65-year-old man was found dead near the outlet.
The police identified the deceased as Gopi, a temporary worker at the shop. DySP, Attingal, B. Sasidharan said the outlet was closed as a precautionary step and there was no evidence so far that Gopi had consumed spurious liquor.
A constable sustained injury on his hand when a police team was attacked at Parottukonam on Tuesday by a man wanted for threatening a woman.
The police said Vidhi V. Kumar was charged with stalking and threatening a 57- year-old woman on Tuesday.
Job racket busted
Thiruvananthapuram: The city police have arrested four persons on the charge of having defrauded hundreds of unemployed people of considerable amounts of money by falsely offering job placements in private firms.
Circle Inspector, Medical College, K.E. Baiju identified the accused as Balu M. Sukumaran, 35, of Ulloor; Mohanan, 53, of Nedumangadu; Omar Sharif, 32, of Vallakadavu and Chandrasekharan Nair, 53, of Manacaud.
Mr. Baiju said three firms owned by Balu were being investigated in connection with the recruitment racket. The firms are Venus Enterprises, Southern Enterprises and Moden Placement Services.
The method of the operation of the accused was to place advertisements in newspapers inviting the unemployed to apply for jobs in private institutions. The firms charged Rs.50 for an application form and later up to Rs.1,000 as registration fee.
"Applicants who protest when they do not get the promised jobs are pacified by the accused by returning a portion of the registration fee with the assurance that their grievance would be redressed soon," Baiju said. The alleged racket came to light when Maya, a resident of Kowdiar, gave a complaint to the police stating that she had been cheated by the accused.
Maya, who was seeking employment as a hotel receptionist, had registered at the agency.
She approached the police when one of the accused tried to convince her to call upon some businessmen in a posh hotel in the city.
The accused have been charged with cheating under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code. They were produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody.