13 facts about the Indian dacoit, Veerappan.
Ram Gopal Varma’s “Killing Veerappan”has once again been postponed to 1 JAN 2016. This controversial movie was initially slated for release in October but Veerappan’s wife, Muttulakshmi had an issue against the movie, which has now been settled amicably. On account of this film’s release (hopefully this time) we outline his life of smuggling and notoriety for you to get a glimpse of the man he was before you catch the movie.
1. The life of a bandit: 18 JAN 1952- 18 OCT 2004
2. He was quite famous for his Kottabomman moustache.
3. His life in crime had started when he gunned down an elephant when he was just 10 years old. He was the reason for the killing of around 2000 elephants in his lifetime.
4. He committed his first murder when he was just 17 years old and that number increased to 184 totally, amongst which 97 were police and forest officials.
5. He started out as an assistant to a notorious poacher, Selvi Gounder who was one of his relatives.
6. Veerappan got married to a shepherdess named Muthulakshmi in 1991.
7. He had kidnapped Rajkumar, a famous Kannada movie star in 2000 and held him hostage for 100 days only to release him for a ransom of Rs.30 crore in money and gold. He also kidnapped former regional minister H. Nagappa in 2002, and killed him when the bargain failed.
8. He used guerrilla tactics to stay elusive to the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments by hiding in the forestal areas of these states.
9. His killing of over 2000 elephants, smuggling over 88,000 pounds of ivory and sandalwood worth over 75 crore rupees are all stated facts.
10.Veerappan: India’s Most Wanted Man is a book written by Sunaad Raghuram which led to the making of the film ‘Let’s Kill Veerappan’ , which was later shelved.
11. ‘Birds, Beasts and Bandits : 14 days with Veerappan ‘ is a book written by Krupakar and Senani, who were kidnapped by Veerappan in 1998.
12. A special task force was assigned to capture him and the operation which led to his killing was called ‘Operation Cocoon’.
13. He eluded the government for 15 years until he was brutally killed in 2004.