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Veerappan Profile

  • Name:
  • Veerappan
  • Other Name:
  • Koose Muniswamy Veerappan
  • Born:
  • January 18, 1952
  • Died:
  • October 18, 2004
  • Spouse:
  • Muthulakshmi

Veerappan Biography

Veerappan was a dacoit and robber of India. He was smuggling sandalwood and was hiding in the area of 6,000 square km in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He had murdered nearly 184 people which include senior police officers and has killed over 200 elephants for their ivory and was searched by police for that. He was escaping from law for about 20 years and was the search of police and forest officials for more than a decade and finally was shot dead by police in 2004.


He was born on 18th January 1952 in Gopinatham village in Karnatak state in a cattle-grazer family. He was called as Molakai in his younger days. Informers, cinema stars and officers were his victims. He killed the IFS officer Pandillapalli Srinivas on 10th November 1991 in Namadalli forest of Kollegal. He murdered Harikrishna IPS, Shakeel Ahmed and few others on 14th August 1992. He married Muthulakshmi in 1991 and had two daughters, Yuvarani and Prabha.


He was considered to be a social bandit like Robin Hood in his native village and had the support of people. The fear of reprisal and the money had made them support him. In February 1992 his men Gurunathan was killed. This led to his attack of Ramapura police station. His wife was arrested in 1993.


He kidnapped film star Rajkumar on 30th July 2000 and was held for 109 days and finally released on 15th November 2000. It was said that huge ransom was paid for his safe release. He abducted H. Nagappa, the former state minister on 25th August 2002 and Nagappa was found dead after three months. Karnataka government announced a reward of $1.25 USD for his head.


He was finally killed with his two associates by the Tamil Nadu State Special Task Force under the leadership of Mr. VijayKumar on 18th October 2004 near Papparapatti in Dharmapuri district. It was said that he was arrested and killed in an encounter. He was buried in the village of Moolakadu. 

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Updated: September 20, 2017

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