Bengaluru: Rapist and murderer Psycho Shankar, who spread terror in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, died in the wee hours of Tuesday at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.
Prison authorities found him lying in a pool of blood, with his throat slit. Officials suspect that it was a suicide as Shankar, whose real name is M Jaishankar, was serving his term in solitary confinement.
Some inmates noticed Shankar lying in a pool of blood around 2.15am and alerted officials. The prison duty doctor examined him and advised officials to rush him to a government hospital. They shifted Shankar to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru where doctors declared him dead around 5.10am.
While serving his sentence, Jaishankar escaped from prison after scaling the high security inner and outer walls using a bamboo pole and a bedsheet. He was rearrested by the Bengaluru police near Kudligate in Bengaluru on September 5, 2013.
The prison authorities have ordered a detailed inquiry into the death. Prison officials told the police that Jaishankar had stolen a piece of a shaving blade from a barber and kept it inside his shirt fold. They said no one saw him slitting his throat.
M Ramkumar, who had killed Infosys employee S Swathi, 24, at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai, committed suicide by biting a live cable inside the Central Prison in Puzhal on September 19, 2016.
M Shankar, alias Jaishankar, 41, a native of Kanniampatty in Edappadi, Salem district, became a truck driver after studying up to Class XII. During his stint as cleanercum-driver, he became fluent in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi.