Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
Reformed underworld don N Muthappa Rai died battling cancer at a private hospital here on Friday, hospital sources said.
Rai, 68, was suffering from brain cancer for the past one year and was admitted to Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road, where he died at 2.30 am, the sources said. Rai is survived by two sons.
Born into a Tulu-speaking Bunt family in Dakshina Kannada’s Puttur town, Rai entered the crime world at a very young age.
Karnataka police issued arrest warrants against Rai in eight cases, including murder and conspiracy.
In 2002, Rai was deported to India from the United Arab Emirates. On arrival, he was questioned by various investigation agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), and by the Karnataka police. He was later acquitted due to the lack of evidence.