Veerappan was poisoned by STF: Widow
In a petition, Muthulakshmi said the STF chief had paid a local tribesman Rs 7 lakh for carrying out the task.india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 01:20 IST
In a sensational disclosure before a court on Monday, sandalwood smuggler Veerappan's wife Muthulakshmi alleged that the Tamil Nadu Police had poisoned her husband and his associates before killing them.
Muthulakshmi filed a petition before the Madras High Court stating that Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Vijayakumar, who was the Special Task Force chief, had paid local tribesmen in the Sathyamangalam forest seven lakh rupees to poison the Veerappan gang.
Veerappan and his men had survived in the forests of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for 25 years with support from local tribes for food and information.
Muthulakshmi has also sought an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the encounter in which the Tamil Nadu STF claimed to have killed Veerappan and three of his men in Papparapatti village of Dharmapuri district on October 18.
In her petition, she stated that an astrologer of Kathripatti village near Mettur told her that her husband and other associates were poisoned to death by a person named Palani and his associates.
On her request, the astrologer had recorded Palani's statement stating that Vijayakumar had met him and handed over some poisoned stuff to be given to the brigand and his associates. The ADGP had given Rs 7 lakh to him for carrying out the task, the petition said.
Further, Palani stated in the recorded statement that he had given the poison laced with buttermilk to Veerappan and his associates Sethukuli Govindan, Chandragowda and Sethumani. Soon after consuming the stuff, all of them swooned.
Muthulakshmi's plans to contest the coming assembly elections with the support of the Vanniya community.
She has also floated a forum for the rights of the hill tribes in north Tamil Nadu, which has the support of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and several Dalit groups.