//Police searching for their own "Encounter Specialist"

Police searching for their own "Encounter Specialist"

‘Killer’ reduced to quarry

MUMBAI, Jan. 21. – We live in times when you are required set a cop to catch another. Or, that’s what it’s like in the Mumbai police. Their crime branch’s “encounter specialist” Daya Nayak – linked with the deaths of 85 criminals – is on the run. He has been trying to avoid being arrested by the anti-corruption bureau which filed a case on Friday alleging he owned assets disproportionate to his legitimate means of earning. Nayak’s assets are valued at about Rs 4 crore though his monthly salary is around Rs 9,000. He has financed at least two movies, one of these, in Kannada, being based on his own life. He flies frequently to his native village near Manipal.

When ACB officials raided his flat in Kandivali on Friday, he was not there. His wife, Komal, said she was unaware of his whereabouts. The wife is a director of Ozar Housing Finance, a wealthy company actually owned by her husband where Nayak’s brother-in-law, B Krishnan, is a legal advisor. Nayak became a celebrity when Nana Patekar’s Ab tak chhappan, based on the policeman’s life, was released. From Bandra to Dahisar, Nayak’s associates run at least 16 hotels and bars, sources said.

He has never missed a chance to brandish weapons to get things done. He built a Rs 1 crore school, named after his mother, in his village. A city reporter, Ketan Tirodkar, for an evening newspaper exposed him following a purported clash of interests, alleging in a petition to an MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court that the policeman with underworld connections was involved in contract killings.

Tirodkar confessed that Nayak had often paid him. Transferred to Charkop, Nayak used his political connections to escape being held by the ACB. He is said to have access to an NCP cabinet minister. But he has been undone by a police investigation, with his political mentor, too, now disowning him. According to PTI, the ACB has filed a case against Komal as well.

Nandu R Kulkarni/SNS