Veerappan's wife shifted to B'lore jail

She may try to escape, intelligence tipped off jail authorities in Mysore

Central Prison (Mysore) Jail Superintendent Lakshminarayan told Deccan Herald that Muthulakshmi was shifted to Bangalore after Intelligence sent out an alert about an impending escape attempt by Muthulakshmi.

Muthulakshmi and two of her aides were arrested in 2008 by the Special Task Force personnel on charges under the Terrorist and Destructive Activities (TADA). She was, along with her late husband accused in the cases of beheading of DCF Srinivas in 1991, killing SP Harikrishna and SI Shakeel Ahmed in an ambush and also raiding and looting weapons from Ramapura police station, followed by Palar bomb blast case that claimed 22 lives.

Recently, she was acquitted by two different courts in the first three cases, while she continues to remain in the jail for Palar bomb blast case.

Sources said prisoners intending to escape feign ill health and get admitted hospital. Recently, a Bangladeshi woman convicted of trespassing managed to hoodwink police personnel at the maternity ward in the Cheluvamba Hospital. The prisoner, who had delivered a female baby a few days ahead of her escape at the hospital, was apprehended within a day of her escape from the hospital.

Apprehending a similar attempt by Muthulakshmi, cops thought it wise to shift her to a safer jail.

During her stay in the jail, Muthulakshmi underwent training in handicrafts using silk cocoons, as part of the first batch of 40 women trained by Sericulture Department under the aegis of Anthakarana, a Trust founded by historian Prof P V Nanjaraj Urs. She had also received certificate of training from the organisers.

Sources said Muthulakshmi had also evinced interest in reading and was often seeking permission to access Tamil books, mostly magazines. She was also influential in inspiring her fellow female inmates to pursue education. Accordingly, about 15 women enrolled for various courses offered by Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) starting from November 18.

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