Jail no bar for this gangster,so police keep 24X7 watch

Yusuf Bachkana’s criminal activities from prison force CCTV clampdown

Published:August 15, 2013 4:10 am

Despite being in prison for over a decade for the 2001 killing of a Bangalore realtor,a former Mumbai gangster has carried on with his criminal activities with such impunity that it has now forced prison authorities in Karnataka to deploy tough surveillance on him — including CCTV camera watch — at the Mysore prison where he is now lodged.

Yusuf Khadri Bachkana,a contract killer,was put under tough surveillance after he threatened a Mumbai-based builder from the confines of the Hindalaga jail in Belgaum earlier this year. The incident even drew a reaction from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,who pushed tougher controls over criminals in state prisons.

Since his incarceration for the murder of builder Subba Raju,Bachkana has been involved in three crimes of arms procurement and criminal intimidation from within prison cells around Karnataka. He has continued to be in touch with associates from the underworld,the police have found.

Bachkana,who is serving a life sentence,was shifted to the Mysore jail in June after the Mumbai police traced a threat call made to a builder to the Hindalaga Central Prison. Prison officials said four guards and CCTV cameras were deployed around cell number 19 of the jail to monitor Bachkana’s movements throughout the day.

“His every movement is being recorded on CCTV cameras installed in the prison,” said P N Jayasimha,Chief Superintendent of the Mysore prison.

Bachkana was arrested for the killing of the builder in Seshadripuram in central Bangalore on January 5,2001 — one of the most sensational cases in the city involving the real estate mafia.

In January 2011,the Gulbarga police slapped a case against him for allegedly receiving a contract to kill another criminal in the jail.

In May 2011,the Bangalore police found Bachkana’s involvement in an illegal firearms smuggling business after the arrest of his brother Mardan Suleman Khan.

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