VISAKHAPATNAM: The SIT investigating the deeds of slain gangster Nayeem to trace his links with Visakhapatnam is probing into the land settlements in which he was claimed to be involved with.
According to sources, some rowdy-sheeters from the Port City were said to have sought Nayeem’s intervention to settle disputes associated with various stretches with an estimated market value of `200 crore near the RK Beach. Apparently, the gangster was also approached to settle another dispute involving an orchard worth `24 acre near Bheemili.
Sources said that on demand of Nayeem, the parties had also registered some benami land. Now, the SIT officials are trying to find out as to who those benamis were.The SIT is also learnt to have found that one rowdy-sheeter from Vizag had contacts with Nayeem and he was the major aide of the gangster in the Port City. Allegations are also being leveled that an SP rank officer had supported the rowdy-sheeter in several land settlements. They are also trying to obtain information about the possible links some other police officials with the land settlements.
Meanwhile, the SIT officials have approached East Coast Railway officials in Bhubaneswar to get the video footage recorded at Visakhapatnam railway station, sources said.
Grapevines also suggest that many police officials who have been deployed for Krishna Pushkaram in Vijayawada and Guntur are also inquiring about the SIT probe in the city.
“We have information that the SIT teams are seriously probing the Nayeem’s possible links with Visakhapatnam. But, we are yet to get any official communique. Once the SIT investigation is over, they may inform us, if they are in need of taking somebody into custody or making arrests,” a senior police official told Express.