30 rapes, 15 murders, 2 escapes, ‘Psycho Shankar’ terror reign ends
SALEM: Serial rapist and murderer M Jaishankar, who was involved in more than 30 rape cases and about 15 murders in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, committed suicide at the Parappanna Agrahara prison on the outskirts of Bengaluru early on Tuesday. Jaishankar, based on whom Kannada movie ‘Psycho Shankar’ was made in 2017, slit his throat using a broken shaving blade.
Some inmates noticed Shankar lying in a pool of blood around 2.15am and alerted officials. The prison duty doctor examined him and advised officials to rush him to a government hospital. They shifted Shankar to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru where doctors declared him dead around 5.10am.
While serving his sentence, Jaishankar escaped from prison after scaling the high security inner and outer walls using a bamboo pole and a bedsheet. He was rearrested by the Bengaluru police near Kudligate in Bengaluru on September 5, 2013.
The prison authorities have ordered a detailed inquiry into the death. Prison officials told the police that Jaishankar had stolen a piece of a shaving blade from a barber and kept it inside his shirt fold. They said no one saw him slitting his throat.
M Shankar, alias Jaishankar, 41, a native of Kanniampatty in Edappadi, Salem district, became a truck driver after studying up to Class I. During his stint as cleanercum-driver, he became fluent in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi.
The Tirupur police launched the search for Jaishankar and arrested him on October 19, 2009. He was lodged in the Coimbatore central prison. During inquiry, Tirupur police came to know that Jaishankar was arrested earlier by Sankari police in a rape and murder case in 2008. “That was the first time he entered police records,” said another police official. Further inquiries revealed that he was involved in as many as 13 rape and murder cases and seven rape cases in Tirupur, Salem and Dharmapuri districts in 2008 and 2009.
Since his escape on March 17, 2011, Jaishankar allegedly raped and murdered six women in Bellary in Karnataka and killed a man and a child in Dharmapuri district. Finally, the Karnataka police arrested him near Bijapur on May 4, 2011. Police officials who probed the murder cases said Jaishankar would target only lone women. “He sexually assaulted them and fled after murdering them,” they said.
Good that he is dead now. How did he manage to escape twice.
This is the irony of our country... Having done such heinous crime..