Indian Criminal
Born Jan 18, 1952
Hometown Karnataka
Died Oct 18, 2004
Death Place Dharmapuri

commonly known as Sandalwood Veerappan', was an Indian dacoit active for a period of years in a broad swath of land covering 6,000 km² in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He long defied three state governments and Indian Border security paramilitary forces, maintaining at one point a small army numbering in hundreds. He was wanted for killing approximately 184 people, mainly the Karnataka police men including senior police and forest officials.… Read More

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1952 Birth Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, a.k.a. Veerappan, was born on January 18, 1952 in Gopinatham village located in border areas of Karnataka state to a family of cattle grazers. … Read More


1969 17 Years Old Veerappan started as an assistant to Xavier Gounder, who was a notorious poacher and sandalwood smuggler. He began committing illegal activities in 1969 and was arrested for the first time in 1972. … Read More


1987 35 Years Old His first major criminal act which drew Government's attention and made him notorious, was kidnapping of a Tamilnadu forest officer, Chidambaram, in 1987 and killing him. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old He trapped and brutally killed senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Pandillapalli Srinivas on November 10, 1991 in the Namadalli forests of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district.


…  In February 1992, the Karnataka task force killed his lieutenant Gurunathan. … Read More
1993 41 Years Old In 1993, the task force arrested his wife Muthulakshmi, thinking that he would surrender to them.
1996 44 Years Old On February 17, 1996, he ambushed a team of Tamil Nadu STF personnel from a high ground while they were on their patrol vehicle. … Read More
1997 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On July 12, 1997, he kidnapped nine forest officials at a place called Marapala in the Burude forests of Kollegala taluk, Chamarajanagara district and made demanded ransom for releasing them, including amnesty, but none were met. … Read More


…  Veerappan had a price of on his head but evaded arrest for 20 years until he was killed by police in 2004.
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