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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, 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 gonda 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 rowdy, helped the four killers who murdered Kotwal Ramachandra and disposed bones of Kotwal in Bay 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]

References[edit]

  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

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