Kerala: Probe on against DySP, 3 cops for attending party hosted by goonda

Police record statement of cops who attended party, report to be filed to Ekm Range DIG
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KOCHI: A probe is on against four police officials, including a DySP-ranked officer, who attended a party organised at the house of gangster Thammanam Faizal on Sunday. Following a tip-off, a police team from Angamaly police station reached the house when police officials were attending the party at Puliyanam near Angamaly.

Though Ernakulam Rural Police Chief Vaibhav Saxena did not reveal the identity of the DySP and other police officials as an inquiry is being conducted against them, it is learnt that it was Alappuzha District Crime Branch DySP M G Sabu and three of his team members who attended the party at Faizal’s residence at Puliyanam on Sunday night. Two of them are civil police officers and one is a police driver in Alappuzha.

“After the incident, an inquiry was conducted against the police officials who were present at the house of Faizal. We cannot reveal the identity of the officials. The report will be filed to Ernakulam Range DIG soon. The DIG will take further action. Our team has recorded the statement of the police officials,” Vaibhav said.

According to police sources, following a recent operation on goonda gangs and anti-social elements across the state, police had heightened surveillance against their activities. As part of the surveillance, SP Vaibhav Saxena received information regarding a party being conducted at the house of Faizal.

“Soon a police team from Angamaly was dispatched to check the house. When the police team reached Faizal’s house, the vehicle of the DySP was found parked there. Seeing the police team. Sabu left the place. Police took the other three police officials to Angamaly police station where their statement was recorded,” said the police.

The police officials gave a statement that they reached the house after being invited by Faizal for the dinner. They were returning after a tour programme and visited Faizal’s house following his invitation.

Sabu is currently working as DySP District Crime Branch, Alappuzha. Earlier, he had worked with State Special Branch, the intelligence wing of Kerala Police. He is set to retire next month.

Faizal, a hardened criminal

Faizal, who is a native of Aluva, is notorious for running an extortion racket and anti-social activities in Kochi. He is a close aide of another gangster named Bhai Nazeer. A resident of Aluva, he later moved to Thammanam in Kochi before being elevated to number two position in the Nazeer gang. After Nazeer became bedridden, Faizal and Aluva native Manaf are running the gang now.

Two cops suspended

Alappuzha: A driver and civil police officer who were with DySP M G Sabu while he was attending a party hosted by gangster Thammanam Faizal at Puliyanam, Angamaly, were suspended for their alleged links with the goonda gang. The suspended cops were working as the driver and personal security officer of the DySP.

When contacted, the district police chief’s office said they cannot divulge the names of the suspended officers. “An inquiry is being held into their alleged links with the gangster. The names can be revealed only after the submission of the inquiry report. At this stage, we cannot say that they had any connection with the gang,” said a police officer. Sabu was transferred to Alappuzha two months ago in connection with the shuffling of officers ahead of the general election.

CM orders suspension of DySP

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who handles home portfolio, has ordered the suspension of DySP Sabu. The home department is taking the police officer’s action seriously as ‘Operation AAG’ to rein in goondas and anti-social elements is going on in the state.

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