His crime file was as thick as his legendary moustache: more than 160 people murdered, half of them cops; many more kidnapped; ivory and sandalwood worth at least Rs. 130 crore smuggled; hundreds of elephants hunted down.
Operating from deep within the forests of South India, smuggler and bandit Veerappan evaded for decades thousands of policemen and teams created specially to nab him. He was finally killed in an encounter on 18 October 2004.
Koose Muniswamy Veerappan was born on 18 January 1952 in Gopinatham, a village in Karnataka. As a child, Veerappan looked up to Mammattiyan, a bandit from Tamil Nadu’s Salem district who was killed in an inter-gang fight.