Thrissur: Four people were taken into police custody in connection with the murder of two youths in a drug gang feud in Mundoor. Brothers Diamond Sigo and Migo, hailing from Varayidam near here, and their accomplices Jino and Akhil, who were part of the six-member gang which killed the youths are held by the police.
The gang rammed a van on to the bike of Shyam (24) from Mundoor and Mundathikodu-native Christo (25) and later hacked them to death at 1 am on Wednesday for allegedly ratting them on drug deals.
It is known that a police investigation team, with the help of the forest department, combed the Peechi forest area on a tip-off that the gang was hiding there, but the culprits fled from there and later surrendered before the police in Guruvayoor. The van, which was used for the murder, was found abandoned at Viyyur near here.
Prasad (Shambu-24) from Varayidam and Rajesh (24) from Vellore, who were also attacked by the gang, are undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital here. Rajesh has been shifted to the intensive care unit of the neurology department as he sustained serious injuries to his head.
The bodies of Shyam and Christo were handed over to the relatives after post-mortem. Police said that the incident was an act of vendetta for informing the police about ganja sales. Prasad’s statement and the CCTV footage gave a clear picture of the culprits involved in the crime. Police said that they were aggressively pursuing the case and all the accused would be brought to book.
141 people taken into preventive custody
Close on the heels of the murder of two youths in Mundoor, the police are taking stern action to clamp down on the goonda gangs operating in the district. As many as 141 people have been taken into preventive custody after police raids under ‘Operation Cannabis’. People, who are part of drug cartels and goonda gangs and out on bail, were picked up by the police in the raids conducted on Wednesday night. Police searched isolated areas used by youth to consume alcohol and use drugs, and collected information relating to those who bought drugs.
City Police Commissioner, G H Yatish Chandra said that culprits with more than two narcotic-related cases would be detained for six months under the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act (KAAPA) and similar strict action would be taken against the law-breakers.
‘Operations Cannabis’ squads have been formed under each police station and a control room has also been opened in the district. Surveillance along the borders and in the coastal areas has been strengthened to zero in on the routes through which the drugs are flowing into the district. Inter-state buses and trains would also be under the lens. If the general public find any drug-ganja sales, students and youths making illegal money and students bunking classes, they can call the police control WhatsApp number 94460 32353 and pass on the information.
Drug gangs worked in unison
The ganja mafia of Varayidam, Kuttur and Peramangalam always worked in unison. The mafia was up for anything when the police and excise department raided these places, which were near the Thrissur town, known as the hub of ganja. The ganja was sold in isolated open places and colonies, and people with criminal background were active in these shady deals.
Later, the drug mafia split for various reasons and this resulted in rift, vengeance and competition among various small groups involved in ganja sales. These groups, which had no common leader like in the goonda gangs, waited for an opportune time to put their adversaries in a soup. Each group worked on its own terms and these groups had to take drastic measures to stay in the hunt.
They started to carry weapons and country bombs. Though these gangs uses to attack each other, they never murdered anyone in the drug gang feud. The murder of two youths in Mundoor is an indication that these groups have changed their strategies, and they are treading the path of the goonda gangs in annihilating each other.