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Muthulakshmi to bring out book on ‘police atrocities'

M.T. Shiva Kumar
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Book promises to throw light on Veerappan's ‘unknown side'

She walks a free woman on Tuesday Veerappan's wife obtains bail from court
She walks a free woman on Tuesday Veerappan's wife obtains bail from court

Muthulakshmi Veerappan, who spent most of her youth hiding in thick forests and serving time in various prisons, is considering bringing out a book detailing the alleged atrocities of the Special Task Force (STF), which was formed to arrest her slain husband.

Her proposed book also promises to throw light on “unknown aspects” of the sandalwood smuggler who had kept the police force of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on its toes for decades till he was gunned down in 2004.

The book will comprise a number of pictures obtained from different sources, according to Muthulakshmi.

Five cases were registered against Muthulakshmi on heinous criminal charge, including assisting Veerappan in killing forest and police officials, killing elephants for ivory and smuggling sandalwood in Karnataka. She was acquitted in all these five cases. However, a case is still pending against her in Erode district in Tamil Nadu.

Muthulakshmi, who walked a free woman when she stepped out of the Bangalore Central Prison on Tuesday after obtaining bail from a court in Erode district in Tamil Nadu, shared her dreams and desires with The Hindu.

On Monday, she was taken to Gobichettipalyam in Tamil Nadu where a Fast Track Court had issued a body warrant against her in a pending case. However, she obtained bail in that case and was brought back here. After fulfilling the required formalities, the Central Prison officials released her.

“I have several dreams, including seeing my daughters working in reputed companies,” Muthulakshmi, who was accompanied by her supporters, said.

Her daughters, Vidyarani (20) and Prabha (19), are pursuing their Bachelors of Engineering in a college in Tamil Nadu.

Muthulakshmi also expressed the desire to build a temple in remembrance of Veerappan at Moolakkadu, where he was cremated. “I would also install a statue of Veerappan in Tamil Nadu,” she said.

She added that she will live in Salem and involve herself in social service activities. She also said that she would take up agriculture activities in Gopinatham in Chamarajnagar district.

Muthulakshmi, born in Neruppore near Dharmapuri, married Veerappan in 1990.


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