The police identified the victim as Ullas, the partner of a firm which rented cars to IT companies. They said the crime, which occurred in front of the building housing the Tata Consultancy Services at 7.30 p.m., was a typical mafia style hit-and-run operation, involving several elements, including spotters, trackers, assailants on motorbikes and a back-up squad to facilitate their escape.
The attack caused quite a flutter in the State IT hub, which hosted scores of companies and employed more than 10,000 people. Investigators said the attack on Ullas was the latest incident in a long-drawn-out and blood spattered feud between rival gangs over the sharing of profits from illegal reclamation of wetlands for construction and unauthorised mining of sand from the cityâ€™s heavily polluted canals.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Attingal, B.K. Prasanthan said the main accused in the murder case had ordered the attack. He said the assailants had pulverised Ullasâ€™ face and caused serious internal injuries, including suspected broken ribs. The police have registered a case of attempted murder on the basis of Ullasâ€™s statement.
On September 21, Ullas had told the court that his life was under threat. His mother deposed that an armed gang had threatened her that her son would be killed if he were to testify against the accused, most of them gangsters themselves.