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Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan shot dead

October 19, 2004 00:48 IST
Last Updated: October 19, 2004 09:03 IST


Dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerappan and three of his associates were killed on Monday night, a top Tamil Nadu police official told PTI.

A Tamil Nadu police Special Task Force team, headed by Additional DGP K Vijaykumar, shot dead the dacoits in an encounter at Papparapatti village in Dharmapuri district around 11pm.

The forest brigand was wanted by the police for several years for poaching elephants, abduction and killing people.

Among the most high-profile cases, Veerappan had abducted Kannada film actor Rajakumar in July 2000 and kept him in captivity for 100 days. The other was the abduction of former Karnataka minister H Nagappa whose body was later found in the Chengadi forest near his ancestral house in Karnataka close to the border with Tamil Nadu.

Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments had set up Special Task Forces to nab him.

The other three Veerappan associates killed in the encounter are Sethukuli Govindan, Chandra Gowda and Govindan.

Also See:
The Veerappan Saga
The Abduction of Dr Rajakumar


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Sub: veerappan shot dead

what was the link of veerappan with tamil nadu chief ministers???


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Sub: Killing of Veerappan - is it true end of Political gimmics ?

The news on Killing of Veerappan ,the DON , is long awaited.We thank great act on the part of responsible Police officials. But the episode ...


Posted by VK Chakrapani





Sub: Job is still not over..

Veerappan is killed but the job is still not over. Society itself creates people like Veerappan. Lets make sure that we don't let any child ...


Posted by Mujib





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Its good that Veerappan is dead. But I doubt if he was shot dead or shot himself because he knew he couldn't escape. Imagine a ...


Posted by Rajagopalan, USA





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We the people of India must have right to information if we do not already have it. Will the governments let the people know how ...


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