Serial killer escapes from police custody

Shyam and Ravi were involved in 27 murder cases and other incidents

Bangalore Rural Police revealed the name of the criminal who gave them the slip as Shyam alias Rod Shyam.

Sources said a full-fledged police team was deployed to escort Shyam but failed to stop him from escaping. After the trial at Kolar court and while passing Chikka Tirupathi around 3.20 pm, Shyam requested the police party to stop the vehicle saying he wanted to attend the call of nature.

While he walked aside with handcuffs on, a constable followed him but somewhere the policeman relaxed and within seconds, Shyam took to his heels. The police party claim that they fired two rounds at him. However, he escaped and ran towards Sarjapur. Chikka Tirupathi police have taken up a suo motu case and launched a manhunt.

This is not the first time Shyam has hoodwinked the police. Earlier, he had escaped from the Kolar jail. Interestingly, this time he was brought from Parappana Agrahara jail to face a trial at Kolar court in the same escape case which was registered at Kolar police station.

The deadly duo of Shyam and Ravi struck terror in the City in the late nineties and were involved in more than 27 murder cases and an equal number of dacoity and other cases. The same duo was involved in Suparna murder, an ANZ Grindlays Bank officer who was killed in Dollar's Colony near Sanjay Nagar. There are incidences where they have killed an innocent for a mere wristwatch.
The two were involved in around eight cases in Kolar district, nine in Bangalore rural districts, two in Tumkur district, three in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu and one in Mysore.

A special squad set up to crack the serial murder cases arrested Shyam and Ravi in July 3, 1998. The duo have been convicted in nine cases and they are facing trail in other cases.

A section of senior police officers are fuming at the set-up and are questioning the need for a convict who has a history of escaping from the police custody to be taken out of jail for trial.
DH News Service

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