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Kotwal Ramachandra

Kotwal Ramachandra was an underworld don of Bengaluru in the 70's and 80's.[1] He was a contemporary of his rival M.P.Jayaraj. There was a power struggle between the two as to who would rule the Bangalore underworld under the cloud of the new generation crime boss Oil Kumar, but M.P.Jayaraj was successful in bumping off Kotal Ramachandra with the help of Agni Shridhar and his associates. Kotwal Ramachandra hailed from Shivamogga town. He was a well-built man, over 6 feet tall, and used knives and sickles as his weapons. He was backed by some politicians in his heyday. He was killed on 22 March 1986 by a four member goonda team, supported by Jayaraj.[2] [3] He was killed in a farm house near Tumkur and his death was not known to outside world even after a month.[4]

He had several associates who continued rowdy activity in Bangalore even after his death.[5]

Political links[edit]

Kotwal Ramachandra gained access to political circles when he started working as driver cum body guard to then Chief Minister of Karnataka, D. Devaraj Urs.[6][7] He even threatened Ramakrishna Hegde, another Chief Minister of Karnataka with a knife in open house which was photographed by press.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

A motion picture in Kannada, Aa Dinagalu, directed by Sunil kaanta Agni Sreedhar, prominently depicts the rise and murder of Kotwal Ramachandra. Agni Sreedhar has written an autobiography, My Days in the Underworld-Rise of Bangalore Mafia (Westland,2013).in which the murder of Kotwal Ramachandra has been highlighted.[8]

Murder trail[edit]

M.P.Jayaraj, another notorious Don, helped the four killers who murdered Kotwal Ramachandra and disposed bones of Kotwal in Bay of Bengal and arranged to bury bones of dogs pretending it to be of Kotwal, with an intention to mislead the investigation and release the killers.[9]


  1. ^ "The rise of Muslim underworld in Bangalore". DNA India. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Sebastian, Selvin (8 March 2014). "The Man Who Saw Too Much". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Dharmaraj, Paul. "Books : Interview: Agni Sreedhar". Timeoutbengaluru.net. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Agni Sreedhar. Chapter 3
  5. ^ "Srirampura Kitty killed in savage attack". The Hindu. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Riti, M D. "All the CM's Men". rediff.com. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Anand, A (1992). Surya India. Surya India. 
  8. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (12 December 2013). "The gangs of Bangalore". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Agni Sreedhar. Chapter 3


External links[edit]

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21 news items

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:31:46 -0800

It was a famous murder because the man who was eliminated was Bangalore's numero uno don, Kotwal Ramachandra. And this event, which took place on March 22, 1986, has been recounted in detail by Agni Sreedhar in his gripping memoir, My Days in ...

Bangalore Mirror

Bangalore Mirror
Sat, 24 May 2014 13:39:09 -0700

Fifteen years ago, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H N Satyanarayana Rao had closed the rowdy sheet of then 40-year-old Varadaraj Nayak alias Varada, a suspect in the murder of dreaded underworld don Kotwal Ramachandra. Rao, now ...
Daily News & Analysis
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:33:44 -0800

He remained the undisputed don and controlled all of Bangalore till Kotwal Ramachandra and MP Jairaj entered the field in the 1970s. Ramachandra and Jairaj did not confine their business interests to just arrack shops and brothels. They expanded their ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:48:07 -0700

Kotwal Ramachandra and his chelas were behind the attack. By the grace of the god he survived they moved him to BCC and suspects were never cuaght and punished.( I believe Kotwal was killed by another big rowdy later). The history repeats now with ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:17:57 -0800

In fact this is the first book that presents the history of Bangalore's underworld, detailing the lives of dreaded dons, who ruled Bangalore underworld including, Muttappa Rai, K. Jayaraj and Kotwal Ramachandra. The 55-year-old says the book is also ...

Bangalore Mirror

Bangalore Mirror
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:32:43 -0800

Lokayukta raids on a house, said to be one of the properties owned by Rajarajeshwarinagar MLA Munirathna's wife in Vyalikaval, that resulted in seizure of 810 files pertaining to BBMP works, have got murkier as all the accused - two BBMP officials ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:37:30 -0800

My father knew and interacted with 'Agni' Sridhar who would tell me that I would play Kotwal Ramachandra in the film. I didn't give it much thought. He probably thought I resembled Kotwal but also knew I was a good actor. I worked on the resemblance ...
Daily News & Analysis
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:24:35 -0800

Talking to presspersons after briefing chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda on the issue, Yogeshwar described Shivakumar as an arrogant person and a stooge of Kotwal Ramachandra, a don of yesteryears. “He was supplying tea to him and even massaged ...

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