BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Urdu Hindi Pashto Bengali Tamil Nepali Sinhala
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: South Asia  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Friday, 6 September, 2002, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
India bandit talks 'difficult'
Meeting between Gopal and Veerappan during kidnap of Rajkumar
Two years ago: Veerappan with editor R R Gopal
The authorities in Karnataka say they are facing difficulties in setting up talks with wanted bandit Veerappan, who is holding a former state minister hostage.

H Nagappa
Nagappa: Snatched from his home
Kollathur Mani, a jailed Tamil nationalist leader and P Nedumaran are the names put forward by Veerappan to the authorities in Karnataka.

The request was made amongst a list of demands included in a second cassette, sent to the authorities following the kidnap of former state minister H Nagappa 13 days ago.

Kollathur Mani is in jail at Bellary on a charge of having links with Veerappan and has already appealed to the bandit to release Mr Nagappa on health and humanitarian grounds.

Officials said the men are in jail and could not be freed due to legal complications

Veerappan has held Mr Nagappa hostage in the jungles which straddle the two states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Taped demands

Veerapan left his first tape behind at the home of the former minister on the day of the kidnapping and it is believed he often uses such recordings to state his choice of a negotiator.

Police said Veerappan warned the government he would behead the hostage if there was police action to track him down and that he would list his demands in the second tape.

Mr Nagappa's family have asked the authorities not to risk his life by venturing into a rescue operation.

The former minister's health is a cause of concern as he is a diabetic.

His wife Parimala has been sending messages over state-run radio urging the bandit to give her husband his daily dosage of medicine.

Wanted

The bandit is believed to listen to the radio very often and catches up with the outside world on his radio set.

Veerappan is wanted for more than 120 killings including several police and forest officials.

Mani and Nedumaran are known sympathisers of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are fighting for a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The LTTE was banned by India after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, in 1991, by an LTTE human bomb.

See also:

02 Sep 02 | South Asia
30 Aug 02 | South Asia
29 Aug 02 | South Asia
20 Jun 02 | South Asia
23 Nov 01 | South Asia
10 Dec 00 | South Asia
16 Nov 00 | South Asia
28 Sep 00 | South Asia
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes