30 October, 2020

Run To Ground

The bandit's dead, the forests are calm. Still, questions remain over the 'encounter'. Was it all too convenient? Updates

Run To Ground
A bullet hole in his temple, the trademark moustache trimmed and clad in uncharacteristic white, Koose Munisamy Veerappan, India's most wanted criminal died a tame death. And with him, several questions that only he'd have been able to answer got a quiet burial. The celebrations began rather quickly. At the Special Task Force HQ in Satyamangalam, firecrackers were burst within hours of Veerappan and his three associates being killed at 11.10 pm on October 18.

Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalitha too responded quickly to the 'event'. She released a four-page press statement that very night lauding the killing as "a feather in the cap of the STF, a precious jewel of my government". By 6 am the following morning, K. Vijay Kumar, chief of the Tamil Nadu STF, was tonsuring his head at the Bannariamman shrine near Satyamangalam, a temple which Veerappan also was known to frequent. Vijay Kumar later explained: "It's personal. I am deeply religious. It was the fulfillment of a vow." The 12-year-old hunt which cost...


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