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November 7, 2000 11:47 AM   Subscribe

The Latest report in the amazing kidnapping of Dr. Rajkumar, a legend in India, by the notorious bandit Veerapan.
posted by john (6 comments total)
Wow. What a story. Forest brigands! Death by smuggled cyanide capsules! A beloved moviestar in peril! Imagine the Unabomber kidnapping Clint Eastwood, and you'll get a hint of the flavor of the tale. Thanks, John.
posted by lileks at 12:53 PM on November 7, 2000

Btw Raj Kumar the Bollywood (Hindi movies) actor expired a few years back, This Raj Kumar is from the south.
posted by riffola at 1:07 PM on November 7, 2000

Veerappan is charged with murdering more than 100 people and is also wanted for elephant poaching and sandalwood smuggling.

Not only a murderer and a poacher (of endangered Indian elephants, no less!), but a sandalwood smuggler! Are there no depths to which this man may stoop?

But, there isn't a man alive who can resist the sweet,sweet smell of sandlewood.
posted by Avogadro at 1:31 PM on November 7, 2000

I wanted to link something good that had nothing to down with the election today.
posted by john at 5:32 PM on November 7, 2000

hmmm, is that a subliminal slip? "down with the election"
posted by john at 5:34 PM on November 7, 2000

Sandalwood smuggling is a huge problem in Karnataka and the rest of the southern states. I don't quite know the exact details, but I believe you need a license to cut sandalwood trees.
posted by riffola at 4:56 PM on November 13, 2000

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