India's Most Wanted

To police, India's most wanted bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerappan is a cold-blooded thug. The career criminal is accused of committing at least 120 murders, slaughtering some 2,000 elephants for their tusks, and leading a violent gang that has smuggled rare sandalwood from forest reserves for 30 years. But to the desperately poor living in the fringes of southern India's forests, Veerappan is a near folk hero. In a region with few jobs, he employs them to fell and transport sandalwood trees, pays for people's weddings and, by avoiding capture for decades, has successfully thumbed his nose at legions of corrupt politicians...

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