Karnataka Admits Failure In Handling Veerappan Issue

Bangalore, November 27: | Updated: Nov 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
The security advisor to the Karnataka government T Sreenivasulu had conceded that the police and the government in the state had failed in handling the Veerappan menace properly. Addressing a press conference Mr Sreenivasulu who is also a former director general of police said "there has been a total failure on our part. The situation is such that I feel ashamed to show my face in public".

Mr Sreenivasulu pointed out that despite several policemen losing their lives the over all result of operations against the forest brigand remained "unsatisfactory". However, he had made it clear that the state government would not pay any ransom to Veerappan to secure the release of former state minister H Nagappa. Apart from asking for sending Kolathur Mani as emissary Veerappan had not raised any other demands, he said.

Mr Sreenivasulu had convened the conference to refute charges levelled against him by another former DGP C Dinakar in his book Veerappan's prize catch: Rajkumar. Launching a bitter attack against Mr Dinkar he said the book is bundle of "half truths and fiction". He said he would decide on filing a defamation suit against Mr Dinakar after consulting with his lawyers.

Referring to the controversial observation of a Rs 20 crore pay-off to Veerappan to secure the release of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar in Mr Dinakar's book, Mr Sreenivasulu said it was just case of hearsay. "The book is a bundle of untruths and fiction from a disgruntled person". He also denied that state chief minister SM Krishna met and spoke to Tamil nationalist leader P Nedumaran to secure the release of Dr Rajkumar as alleged in the book. Mr Nedumaran's involvement was totally due to a private initiative and the state government was not involved in any manner, he added.