Zee Media Bureau
Bangalore: After one of the biggest ever manhunt spreading across several states, serial killer and rapist Jaishankar alias psycho Shankar was arrested on Friday.
The 36-year-old dreaded criminal was arrested from very near to the Parappana Agrahara (central jail) on Hosur Road from here he had escaped five days back by scaling a 30 foot wall. He had earlier made similar daring escapes from Salem and Coimbatore prisons in Tamil Nadu.
The Psycho Shankar`s escape had left Bangalore scared with the police even announcing a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to his arrest.
A massive manhunt was launched across Karnataka and neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu from where he hails, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.
Jaishankar is accused in several criminal cases including rape, murder and kidnapping. He always carried a black handbag with him. And trapped sex workers near dhabhas on highways, and killed many of them brutally, after having sex with them. Besides, he targeted women in farm houses. He kept a machete in his bag and killed whoever resisted him.
As many as 12 cases of rape and murder, and seven rape cases have been lodged against him in Tamil Nadu alone. He had also kidnapped Jayamani, 39, a woman police constable on duty near Perumallur, raped her several times and killed her. Though the incident took place in August of 2009, the police recovered her body only a month later.
It was another month before the Tamil Nadu police arrested Jaishankar in October 2009. He managed to give them the slip on March 17, 2011, as he was being taken to the court.
Jaishankar was rearrested near Jhalki checkpost in Bijapur district on May 05, 2011. He was subsequently lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail, till he escaped in the early hours of Sunday by climbing two 15-feet inner walls and the 30-feet outer wall between 2 and 4 am.
The accused used clothes and nylon ropes to climb the walls and also got injured as there were drops of blood outside the outer wall.
Three wardens, two jailors and six security guards, who were on duty when he escaped, were suspended from service.