Kotwal Ramachandra was one of the first underworld dons of Bengaluru in the 70's and 80's. He covered Bengaluru North and operated from Kodandarampura/ Srirampura areas. 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, Bachchan and Varadharaja Nayak. Kotwal Ramachandra hailed from Shivamogga town and worked in the Indian Navy for a brief while. 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. He was killed in a farm house near Allalasandra, Tumkur and his death was not known to outside world even after a month. He believed in many superstitions even through his prime time.
In his stressful and crucial days, he was known to carry out random attacks of innocents in public in order to invoke fear that not only led him to develop more unwanted enemies but alleviate the situations but not his market value as he assumed.
He had several associates who continued rowdy activity in Bangalore even after his death.
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. He even threatened Ramakrishna Hegde, another Chief Minister of Karnataka with a knife in open house which was photographed by press.. Towards his ending days, he was also accused of barging into the CM's daughters Beauty Parlour in Sadashivanagar to threaten after which the tight vigil and search forced him to exit Bengaluru and seek shelter in the Tumakuru farmhouse leading to the events of his death.
In popular culture
A motion picture in Kannada, Aa Dinagalu, directed by K M Chaitanya 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.
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.
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