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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Veerappan's wife released, arrested and released again

Freedom continues to elude Muthulakshmi, wife of slain forest brigand Veerappan. She was picked up by the Tamil Nadu police minutes after she was released from the central prison on Monday.

She was exonerated of charges in the last of the five cases by a Chamrajnagar court on April 20. In the last case relating to the gunning down of six policemen by her husband in 1993, the court acquitted her for lack of evidence.

Muthulakshmi was shifted to central jail in Bangalore six months ago after perceived threats to her safety but was not released as a case was pending against her in Tamil Nadu's Salem district.

She was escorted by the Central prison police and handed over to their Tamil Nadu counterparts, who then produced her before the court in a case related to Dr Rajkumar's abduction.

The Tamil Nadu police produced her before a judge at Gopichettypalyam court, but she was released on bail, as the documents of acquittal from Karnataka courts were being verified. The judge, however, asked her to be in the court on May 19.

"I always believed in God and knew justice would be done to me. I knew that I had not done anything wrong and was paying a price for the offences committed by my husband," Muthulakshmi told PTI after she was released.

Veerappan, one of the country's most wanted criminals, was shot dead by the STF in 2004. Muthulakshmi, who spent six years in the custody of STF, and later three years in jail in Karnataka, said she always knew justice would be meted out to her.

On whether she aspired to enter politics,she said "though I had some political ambitions earlier, I would not like comment on the subject for the time being".

"Though I have suffered, I wish a bright and happy future for my daughters. I want them to achieve something in life", Muthulakshmi said.Her two daughters are pursuing their education in Chennai, the first doing her BA, and second Engineering.

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