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Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Serial rapist
Number of victims: 19 - 21
Date of murders: 2006 - 2009 / 2011
Date of arrest: October 2009 - Escaped March 18, 2011 - Arrested on May 5, 2011 - Escaped on September 2, 2013 - Arrested on September 6, 2013
Date of birth: 1977
Victims profile: Women
Method of murder: Stabbing with a machete
Location: Tamil Nadu/Karnataka, India
Status: Sentenced to 10 years in prison on April 24, 2013. The convict is facing trial in more than 20 cases
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Serial rapist-killer Jaishankar's escape tale still a mystery

The Times of India

September 9, 2013

BANGALORE: A week after he escaped from prison and three days after he was arrested, police are still in the dark over how serial rapist-killer Jaishankar, alias M Shankar, 36, scaled the walls of Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.

Sources told TOI that Jaishankar was not remanded to police custody on two counts: he was not medically fit to undergo interrogation, and escaping from jail is a minor offence.

Investigation officers said when he was arrested, there were wounds on his feet, his knees were swollen and he complained of back pain.

Jaishankar had escaped from Parappana Agrahara jail last Sunday after using duplicate keys and scaling two walls. There were reports on an insider role in the escape. He was trapped by police on Thursday night.

Addressing the media following the arrest, city police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar had said more details on how he managed the escape will come out once they interrogate him.

After being remanded to judicial custody, Jaishankar has not returned to jail but has been admitted to Victoria Hospital for medical treatment.

"We'll protest this decision and take legal course to obtain his custody," said Kamal Pant, additional commissioner of police, law and order. "We're yet to conduct a detailed interrogation and are expecting some answers on how he managed the escape."

The commissioner also said police had not completely believed his version of the escape as it was contradictory. But with police custody denied, answers to these questions will be delayed.


Serial rapist-killer Jaishankar planned escape over two months

The Times of India

September 7, 2013

BANGALORE: The city police commissioner put his engineering background to good use when he drew the escape route of serial rapist-killer Jaishankar alias M Shankar, 36, from Parappana Agrahara Central Prison. Jaishankar had planned his escape for two months.

"He had a duplicate key to the hospital cell where he was locked up. He had noticed that guards came to inspect his cell every half hour and knew he had this 30-minute window to escape," the commissioner said.

Once a round of inspection was over past Saturday midnight, Jaishankar opened his cell door with a duplicate key and went to the ground floor, where some high-profile convicts like Abdul Nasser Madani had been lodged. To his good fortune, prison guards were careless and left open two gates leading from the hospital to the garden. He scaled a 20-foot wall, then walked atop a 15-foot wall and then scaled the 30-foot high wall.

Auradkar said it's still not clear if he used a steel pole or the gate to scale the first 20-foot wall.

ADGP (Prisons) KV Gagandeep said Jaishankar had used a duplicate key to get out of the cell. "The cell lock was reachable by hand. The key could have been made by him or with the help of someone. We'll wait for the inquiry report to confirm it. We recovered the key from the garden and on inspection, found that you can only open the lock with the key but not close it. "

BK Singh, head of the special investigation teams formed to nab Jaishankar, said on reaching the peripheral wall, he used a belt and a bedsheet stolen from the hospital to lower himself. "His idea was to come down halfway and push himself away from the wall and land on the muddy terrain near the wall. He landed on his back and that explains his backache. We suspect the blood spots found near the wall are from his wounds," he said.

Gagandeep explained that it was not a power cut but the electric fencing itself that wasn't functional that night. "We had one officer of an ASP rank in-charge of this infrastructure and he didn't check the system and report it to us. He is under suspension now," he said.


Escaped serial rapist-killer Jaishankar arrested

The Times of India

September 6, 2013

BANGALORE: Notorious criminal and serial rapist Jaishankar, who made a sensational escape from the high-security central prison here on September 1, was arrested on Friday.

"Jaishankar was arrested from Kudligate in Bangalore", city police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said.

Police had announced a reward of Rs five lakh for information leading to his arrest, and issued a look-out notice after the dare-devil act, that also led to suspension of 11 prison officials for alleged dereliction of duty.

According to the official version, Jaishankar used a bamboo pole and bedsheet to scale the high security inner and outer northern periphery jail walls, in a filmy style stunning the police.

36-year-old Jaishankar, considered a psychopath, who was recently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a trespass, rape and murder case, hails from Kanyapattanam Konasamudra village in Tamil Nadu's Salem district.

The convict is facing trial in more than 20 cases in Chennai, Dharmpuri, Hosur, Salem, Tirupattur of Tamil Nadu and Bangalore Rural, Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Kadur, Molakalmur and Tumkur in Karnataka.


Bangalore: Watch out, there's a psycho on the loose

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013

Police press panic button following escape of maniac Jaishankar from Parappana Agrahara central prison.

Serial rapist-cum-killer Jaishankar’s escape from the Parappana Agrahara jail has added panic to the embarrassment suffered by state police, who now fear that the sex maniac on the loose could target lonely women.

The police have issued red alert to all the police stations across the state, directing them to take possible preventive measures by safeguarding women at lonely and isolated places. Jaishankar’s crime history reveals that he enjoyed raping and torturing women. He even confessed to torturing women before physically abusing them.

Senior police officers expressed their apprehension that Jaishankar could even be holed up in the state capital, and they have urged working women and those who travel alone at isolated places to be careful.

Jaishankar always carried a black hand bag with him. He 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.

Jaishankar also abducted, raped and killed women in rural areas. 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 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 5, 2011. He was subsequently lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail, till he escaped in the early hours of Sunday.

Retired superintendent of the central prison, Lakshminarayana, held senior officers of the jail directly responsible for the escape.

“I had warned them about Jaishankar coming out of his cell too often. The staff neglected my warnings and this led to his escape,” he explained.


Serial killer held in Karnataka

A Subburaj - The Times of India

May 5, 2011

COIMBATORE: The police on Wednesday night arrested an alleged serial killer who had escaped from police custody from Salem two months ago, near Bijapur in Karnataka. M Jaishankar, 33, is accused in 19 cases of murder and rape. A special team from Coimbatore has left for Karnataka to confirm the identity of the person arrested.

The police in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had put out notices and issued posters seeking information to nab the accused. Police sources said Jaishankar was nabbed when he tried to molest a woman near Bijapur, who raised an alarm. People who gathered recognised him as they had seen his photograph. Posters have been stuck in hotels, railway stations and bus stands across various towns in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, seeking information on Jaishankar.

According to Superintendent of police N Arivuselvam, Jaishankar hails from Panangkatturai near Edapadi in Salem district. He is married and has three daughters.

He is wanted in eight cases of rape, three cases of murder, four cases of attempt to murder and one case of assault in Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tirupur, Erode and Namakkal.

He was kept under custody at the Coimbatore central prison. He was taken to a fast track court in Dharmapuri in connection with a case about two months ago. As he was being escorted back to Coimbatore, he managed to escape from the police at the Salem bus stand. One of the police constables who was escorting him committed suicide as a result of this. Jaishankar is also accused in four cases of murder and rape in Karnataka which he allegedly committed after his escape.


Coimbatore serial killer traced to Mumbai

A Subburaj - The Times of India

May 3, 2011

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore police are closing in on the elusive serial rape accused M Jaishankar, who is on the run after killing and raping 19 women in the last three years. The dreaded criminal is now said to be holed up in Mumbai.

"The Chitradurga district police in Karnataka have pasted pictures of the rape accused in key public places including railway stations and bus stands. The accused has escaped from Karnataka and is now in Mumbai," police commissioner C Sylendra Babu said.

A special police team from Coimbatore which has launched a nation-wide man hunt for 33-year-old Jaishankar, has traced his recent mobile calls to Mumbai. The culprit, who escaped from police custody in Salem on March 18, is said to have killed and raped six women in Karnataka, over the last 40 days. In all, he is charged with raping and murdering 19 women, besides raping six other women. He is also accused of killing a man and a child in Dharmapuri district in March.

The commissioner said that the accused had stopped making calls from his mobile when he realised that police were after him. "We are closing in on him. Our special team will nab him soon," said the commissioner. The special team, led by Race Course police inspector (Crime), P Periyasamy, has two sub-inspectors and 15 police personnel. The Chitradurga district police have also formed four special teams to nab the serial killer.

M Sankar alias Jaishankar, 33, of Kanniampatty near Kattu Valasu in Salem district, was arrested on October 19, 2009, in a murder case, and lodged in Coimbatore central prison on October 20. He escaped from city police custody on March 18, 2011 at Salem bus stand when he was being escorted to Coimbatore after being produced in the Dharmapuri Court.


Criminal rapes, kills 6 women after escape from Salem

The Times of India

April 28, 2011

COIMBATORE: In a shocking crime saga, a notorious criminal from Salem, who escaped from police custody last month, has in the intervening period raped and killed six women in Karnataka's Bellary district and murdered two persons in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, according to the police.

The police said Jaishankar, a truck driver who gave the slip to an escorting police party at the Salem bus stand on March 18, is now in Delhi. He was being taken from Coimbatore to Dharmapuri when he managed to escape. A constable escorting him later shot himself in Coimbatore out of a sheer sense of shame.

Since his escape, Jayashankar allegedly raped and murdered six women in Bellary and killed a man and a child in Dharmpuri, the police said and added that special teams from Coimbatore and Bellary were hunting for him. "We have received specific information that the accused, Jaishankar, raped and murdered six women in Bellary in Karnataka. A special team went to Bangalore to nab him but he gave the slip. Then he escaped to New Delhi. Our team followed him but is yet to find him," Coimbatore police commissioner C Sylendra Babu said on Wednesday.

After reaching Delhi, Jaishankar reportedly threw away the mobile phone he was using on his way from Salem to Bellary and Bangalore.

"Jaishankar raped and murdered six women in Bellary and then committed two murders in Dharmapuri district. We are trying to nab him. Our team will nab him soon" said special team inspector P Periyasamy.

Thirty-three-year-old M Sankar alias Jaishankar of Kanniampatty near Kaattu Valasu in Salem district is accused of raping and murdering woman police constable M Jayamani (39) of the Kangeyam all-women police station on August 23, 2009. Jayamani was on bandobust duty at Perumanallur during deputy chief minister M K Stalin's visit to Tirupur when Jaishankar kidnapped and raped her before killing her. Her body was found on September 19. The Tirupur police launched a manhunt and finally nabbed Jaishankar on October 19 and landed in Coimbatore central prison.

As many as 13 rape and murder cases and seven rape cases were registered against Jaishankar in Tirupur, Salem and Dharmapuri. On March 17, he was taken to Dharmapuri court in connection with a murder case. The next day, armed reserve police constables M Chinnasamy and Rajavelu were escorting him back to Coimbatore hwen, around 9.30 pm, the accused escaped at the Salem bus stand. On March 19, constable Chinnasamy shot himself.



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