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Bengaluru’s serial rapist-murderer Psycho Shankar commits suicide in prison

Jaishankar slit his throat with a shaving blade around 2am, the police said.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2018 18:21 IST

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
Jaishankar was imprisoned following his conviction in a case relating to trespass, rape and murder.
Jaishankar was imprisoned following his conviction in a case relating to trespass, rape and murder.(Representational Photo)

A grisly chapter in south India’s crime history came to an end when serial killer and rapist M Shankar alias Jaishankar — also known as Psycho Shankar — was found dead with his throat slit in the Bengaluru central prison early on Tuesday.

Police said he slit his throat with a shaving blade around 2am and night guards found his body in a pool of blood in his prison cell.

“Access to his cell was restricted … We are investigating how he got hold of the blade,” a senior police officer, who doesn’t wish to be named, said on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old from Kanyapattanam Konasamudra village in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district had around 15 cases of rape and murder, including that of a constable, in a crime run beginning around 2009 when he attempted to sexually assault and kill a woman near Hosur in Tamil Nadu.

According to police, Shankar’s crimes straddled both his home state and neighbouring Karnataka.

He was one of the urban legends, who used to carry a black bag with a machete in it and used the weapon at anyone who tried to resist or challenge him. Many of his victims were prostitutes, who he raped and murdered, police said.

His notoriety riveted the nation when he climbed a 30-foot prison wall in Bengaluru on the night of August 31, 2013, after getting hold of a prison official’s uniform. “He was caught five days later about 2km from the prison,” the police officer said.

That was the second time he managed to give the police the slip after his first arrest in 2009. In March 2011, he escaped from a bus station in Salem when constables were taking him to court for a murder trial. He fled to Karnataka.

The police officer said Shankar was re-arrested in May 2011 in Vijayapura district, about 500km from Karnataka’s capital city, and shifted to the central prison in the Parappana Agrahara area because of security concerns to serve a 10-year sentence in a cases he was convicted of.

Shankar was a truck driver in Salem. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Considered a psychopath for his horrific crimes that looked like something out of a thriller novel, his story was the subject of a mainstream Kannada movie, Psycho Shankra, which opened in 2017.

First Published: Feb 28, 2018 21:18 IST