PUTTUR : Reports suggest that one Gangadhar, the brother of notorious rowdy Tingalady Umesh Rai who died under suspicious circumstances some time back, has embraced Islam.
It may be recalled here that Rai who was into real-estate business and was also engaged in rowdyism in the area for 15 years, had died suspiciously at Eshwaramangala. Police had also arrested a few peons in connection with the case. Rai had an inter-caste marriage and was living away from his mother and other family members. In the meantime, his brother Gangadhar fed up with Umesh’s rowdyism had abandoned home and had been to Puttur after Rai’s death to console his mother. There were rumours then itself that he had embraced Islam. The rumours have now been justified with some relatives ascertaining that he had been to Ponnani to embrace Islam after he had a marriage with a Muslim woman. He is also learnt to have changed his name as Mohammad Sharif. It is learnt, he had even visited his hometown recently along with his burqa clad wife to seek his mother’s blessings.
Meanwhile, the family of Tingalady Umesh Rai is said to be in dire straits. His wife, who is now staying in a rented house at Kabaka is said to be ill and had sent her two daughters to some boarding school.