Birthday Special: Know about the life of smuggler Veerappan

Jan 23 2021 09:55 PM
Birthday Special: Know about the life of smuggler Veerappan

Veerappan's full name is Koos Muniswami Veerappan, who was born on January 18, 1952, Gopinatham, Mysore [now Karnataka], India, died on October 18, 2004 near Paparapatti in Tamil Nadu), indian bandit, hunter and smuggler conducted his activities in the southIndian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He was notorious across India for killing more than 120 people, hunting over 2,000 elephants and illegally transporting millions of dollars of sandalwood and teeth and escaped arrest for nearly 20 years.

He wanted to kill about 184 people, half of whom were police officers and forest officials and more than 500 elephants hunting and illegally transporting teeth worth 2,600,000 dollars (₹16 crore) and illegally transporting 65,000 kilograms of sandalwood worth about US $ 22,000,000. (₹143 crore).

Veerappan was born in a poor family of cattle growers and the hunter Sevia Gounder and the notorious bandit Malayur Mamatiyan praised. He hunted his first elephant at the age of 14 and committed his first murder at the age of 17. At the age of 18 he joined the gang of hunters and expanded their activities to include sandalwood and ivory trafficking, murder and abduction. Most of the victims were police, forest officials and locals, suspected he was informers. He was captured and detained in 1986, but immediately escaped.

A special task force dedicated to capture Veerappan was convened by the Governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in 1990. Veerappan stopped being caught, thanking the vast information network he had established and supported his financial contribution to the poor locals. His violence continued in the years after. In 2000 he kidnapped Kannada film actor Rajkumar, who kept them for 108 days and was released only after getting a big ransom. Veerappan was murdered by the Tamil Nadu State Special Task Force in 2004.

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