Sexual maniac Umesh
Reddy, who had allegedly raped and robbed over 20 women,
tops the list of most dreaded serial killers. A former
police constable, Reddy became the reason for cops and
women to run for their lives in the late 90s.
Reddy, who is known to have allegedly
raped, murdered and robbed women across the state and
other states, had sent the state police on a chase, by
escaping six times, before he was arrested on May 17,
2002 by Yeshwanthpur police.
He was arrested after one Sathyavelu
spotted him in a saloon.
Who is Umesh Reddy?
Umesh Reddy alias Rajulu alias Ramesh
alias Venkatesh, a native of Basappa Malige in
Chitradurga, completed his PUC in 1995.
He served as a constable in Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir in 1996. He then
joined the District Armed Reserve (DAR) at Chitradurga
in November 1996.
Cases against him: He had raped the
daughter of a CRPF commandant and escaped from Kashmir,
attempted to rape a school girl near KEB colony in
Chitradurga and allegedly raped and murdered another
girl Rupa in 1996.
He was involved in two cases in
Mysore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Baroda, raped three girls
in Pune, Davanagere and Hubli-Dharwad. In Bangalore,
Reddy has four cases registered against him in Peenya,
one each in Gangammanagudi, Jalahalli and Yeshwanthpur
and two in MICO layout police stations.
Modus operandi: He
used to attack houses where women stayed alone. He would
hold the victims at knife point, tie their hands, rape
them, kill them and then rob the houses.
Umesh also collected the
undergarments of women and tried them. After his arrest,
police found bags containing women's garments--10 bras,
18 pairs of panties, six sarees, two nighties, eight
churidars, and four blouses.
Death for Cop-turned-serial-rapist Killer Umesh Reddy
February 19, 2009
Bangalore, Feb 19: The Karnataka High
Court on Wednesday confirmed the death sentence of Umesh
Reddy alias B A Umesh, the serial rapist and psychopath
killer, who terrorised the State in the nineties.
Justice S R Bannurmath, the third
judge appointed to decide Reddy’s fate, upheld the city
fast-track court judgment of October 26, 2006, by
confirming his death sentence.
Reading out the verdict, the judge
ruled that there was no scope for finding any mitigating
circumstances in Reddy’s favour. “The accused, being a
habitual offender, the sentences of imprisonment imposed
on him in several cases had no deterrent effect on him,”
Terming the case the rarest of the
rare, Justice Bannurmath said: “It is evident that even
after punishments in cases of robbery, dacoity and rape,
he has not reformed; no reformation can be expected from
such a habitual offender and pervert criminal.”
The judge added: “I do not understand
why such a devil in man’s garb should be maintained by
society by locking him up in jail for life. It is a
known fact that whenever there is an opportunity, he has
a tendency to run away from custody and commit new,
Faith in system
“The death sentence imposed by the
trial court has to be confirmed; or else the faith
society has reposed in the criminal justice system would
On an appeal by Reddy’s counsel to
consider keeping him in prison for life, as it was done
in Swamy Shraddananda’s case, the judge observed: “I am
unable to accept this proposition, because in Swamy
Shraddananda’s case there were certain mitigating
circumstances in his favour — like him being a first-time
offender and a fairly aged person.
“But here, it is a policeman who has
become a habitual pervert and a violent offender, who
not only commits robbery but also, to satisfy his lust,
attacks helpless women, commits rape and has even
brutally murdered one of his victims, Jayashree.”
Citing several apex court judgments
and quotes of several legal experts like Justice V S
Malimath, Justice Bannurmath upheld the death sentence
imposed by the lower court and referred the matter to
the chief justice.
Umesh Reddy was convicted by a high
court division bench on October 4, 2007, for the rape
and murder of Jayashree Maradi Subbaiah, a widow, on
February 28, 1998. But the judges differed on the
quantum of sentence, as one judge upheld the death
penalty imposed by the lower court, while the second
judge felt he should undergo life imprisonment.
Justice V G Sabhahit had confirmed
the lower court’s order imposing death penalty by
observing that the accused was not a first-time offender
and had already been convicted in three criminal cases.
“Imprisonment for life could be
inadequate, and the offence committed by the accused
constitutes the rarest of the rare cases. The interest
of justice would be met only by awarding the death
penalty to him,” he had observed.
Justice Ravi B Naik contended that
the death penalty as a deterrent had failed to curb
crime, and modified the lower court’s order to rigorous
imprisonment for life.
“Imposition of the death penalty is
not called for in this case. The death sentence be set
aside and accused should undergo rigorous imprisonment
until he completes his natural life. He shall not be
entitled to any remission of sentence, amnesty or any
special occasion either by state or centre,” the judge
Umesh Reddy, a former constable from
Hiriyur taluk in Chitradurga district, was arrested on
March 2, 1998, by the Yeshwanthpur police.
He has 25 cases against him. Of these,
he was convicted in nine cases, including two cases in
Bellary, three in Peenya and one in Baroda, Gujarat. He
has been acquitted in ten cases, and trial is pending in
the remaining cases.
Reddy, who committed several crimes
in Chitradurga and Bangalore North, gave the slip to
police many times earlier. He is also known as a
transvestite (one who is fascinated by the garments of
Death sentence to
Bangalore serial killer Umesh
February 18, 2009
Bangalore, Feb 18: Bangalore serial
killer Umesh Reddy, who is also known as 'Jack the
Ripper' was sentenced to death by the Bangalore High
Court on Wednesday, Feb 18. He is convicted in 4 rape
and murder cases. However the judges who pronounced the
verdict differed on the quantum of sentence. One judge
upheld the death penalty imposed by the lower court,
while the second judge said Umesh should undergo life
Umesh was convicted in 2007 by a High
Court division bench for the 1998 case of rape and
murder of Jayashree Maradi Subbaiah, a widow. A former
police constable from Hiriyur taluk, in Chitradurga of
Karnataka, is facing trail in 7 cases of which he was
convicted in 3. He had killed 18 women between 1998 to
2001. Altogether 19 cases are pending on him in
different districts of Karnataka.
State told to place records
of cases involving Umesh Reddy
BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court
on Friday directed the State Government to place before
it all appeals and records relating to the involvement
of Umesh Reddy in other cases.
A Division Bench comprising Justice
V.G. Sabhahit and Justice Ravi B. Naik directed the
State Public Prosecutor (SPP), S. Dore Raju, to place
before them appeals by Reddy relating to cases in High
Court and other courts.
The Bench passed the order while
hearing an appeal by Reddy and reference by a trial
court of Bangalore. On October 27, 2006, the VII Fast
Track Court, Bangalore, sentenced Reddy to death for
raping and murdering Jayashree (37) in Peenya police
station limits on February 28, 1998. Awarding the
capital punishment to Reddy, the Fast Track Court had
held that the rape and murder came under the category of
the “rarest of rare” cases.
Urging the court to confirm this
verdict, Mr. Dore Raju submitted that the lower court
had based its verdict on the evidence of Jayashree’s
eight-year-old son. Reddy, a native of Basappamalige in
Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district, was employed as a
His criminal history started in
November 1996 when he attempted to rape a girl at KEB
Colony in Chitradurga. The victim identified Umesh Reddy
when he was participating in a police parade. The Bench
asked the public prosecutor about the status of appeals
by Reddy in other cases and noted that they would have
to be clubbed with this case and heard together. It
directed him to obtain details and place them before the
court and adjourned further hearing to Monday.
killer Reddy gets death sentence
The seventh fast track
court on Friday awarded death sentence to serial rapist and killer Umesh
Reddy (37) for raping and murdering Jayashree (37) on February 28, 1998.
Judge K Sukanya, while delivering the sentence in a packed court room,
noted that the crime was of the most heinous kind and the rarest of the
deserves the capital punishment as he is a danger to society, said the
judge. The court also awarded him 10 years imprisonment for robbery and
slapped a fine of Rs 25,000. The sentences will run concurrently.
Jayashree, a former nurse, was raped and killed by Reddy at her house in
T Dasarhalli in Peenya. Umesh pleaded for a lesser sentence on the
grounds that his father was dead and that he had to look after his aged
and ailing mother. He also said that his behaviour in prison was good
and that he had taken up a computer course through correspondence.
judge referred the case to the High Court for deciding on the death
penalty. Umesh Reddy was a CRPF constable and had undergone training in
Madhya Pradesh in 1994. He had been appointed as a constable with the
District Armed Reserve Police force, at Chitradurga.
According to the investigating officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police
B N Nyamgowda, Umesh is facing charges in 19 cases including, rape,
murder, attempt to rape and robbery. Nyamgowda told Deccan Herald that
Umesh was involved in several other crimes, but these have not come to
light, because, the victims fear social stigma.
Some of the cases
registered against Reddy are also outside Karnataka, where two are
registered in Baroda, two in Ahmedabad, five in Peenya, two in Mico
Layout, one in Chitradurga, two in Gangammana Gudi, Bangalore District,
one in Yeshwanthpur.
Umesh was arrested 13 years ago and had given the
police a slip four times. Nyamgowda said Umesh chose his victims after
carefully observing them. He always targeted them between 11 am and 3
pm, during which time the male inmates are normally out of the house.
would gain entry into the house of the victim on various pretexts like
asking for water, address, etc. Once inside the house, he would threaten
them at knife-point, make them remove their clothes, rape them by tying
their limbs. He strangled Jayashree after raping her, said the officer.
Umesh has been convicted in two other cases registered in Peenya.
Bangalore's Jack the Ripper gets death
27 Oct 2006
Reddy, the dreaded rapist and psycopath killer who
terrorised the state in the nineties, has been sentenced
to death by fast track court 7 on Friday. Judge K
Sukanya while passing the death sentence said: "It is
directed that accused Umesh Reddy be hanged till death
because he is a menace to society."
Reddy tried to win the judge's mercy by saying that he
was still studying and also that he has to take care of
his mother. But that did him no good. The judge also
found him guilty for the rape of Jayashree and sentenced
him to seven years in jail and a fine of Rs 25,000. She
sentenced him to ten years in prison for robbery and a
fine of Rs 25,000.
since the death is the heaviest sentence he will not
have to undergo the other sentences. The matter will be
referred to the High Court for confirmation of the death
sentence. Police inspector Nyama Gowda who nabbed Reddy
while he was committing another offence, and prosecutor
V K Patil were present in the court.
Reddy who committed several crimes in Chitradurga and
Bangalore North, gave the slip to police many times
since 1997 till he was finally nabbed. He is a
transvestite: he is known to steal women's garments and
wear them in his house. Reddy who was accused in over 15
rape cases, is also accused in the infamous rape and
murder of Roopa, which had shocked Chitradurga district
criminal Umesh Reddy nabbed
May 18, 2002
BANGALORE May 17. The notorious
criminal, Umesh Reddy, wanted in several cases of rape
and murder, was nabbed while walking out of a
haircutting saloon in Yeshwanthpur police station limits
on Friday morning. Reddy, who escaped from police
custody five times, was caught following a tip-off by an
On arrival from Tumkur in a lorry,
Reddy went for a haircut around 8 a.m. The autorickshaw
driver, Shaktivel, who saw him recollected Reddy's
photograph published in a newspaper and called the
Yeshwanthpur police. The police inspector, Nagaraja Urs,
caught Reddy as he was walking out of the saloon.
Aware of Reddy's past, onlookers, who
were witness to the whole drama, wanted to rough him up,
but police pacified them and took him away.
Reddy escaped from police custody at
Hiriyur bypass on March 4 while he was being brought in
a KSRTC bus to Bangalore by the District Armed Reserve
(DAR) personnel of Bellary. While police claimed that he
was handcuffed at that time, Reddy denied it on his
During interrogation, he told the
Yeshwanthpura police that he consumed liquor along with
the escorting policemen and gave them the slip on the
pretext of going to answer nature's call.
After his escape, he allegedly
committed three rapes and four thefts in Davangere,
Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, and Pune.
While working as a server in a Pune
hotel, he is said to have stolen money from the hotel
cashbox and fled to Dharwad.
Reddy's first escape from police
custody was in Parashuramapura in Challakere taluk of
Chitradurga District. Later, he gave the slip to the
police near Ramapura in the same taluk. He was later
caught, but he escaped again.
His fourth escape was from the
Central Crime Branch (CCB) custody.
In all, Reddy has 19 cases pending
against him, including four in Chitradurga, four in
Peenya, two each in MICO Layout and Baroda (Gujarat),
and one each in Bellary, Kunigal, Yeshwanthpur,
Jalahalli, and Hiriyur.
The City Police Commissioner, H.T.
Sangliana, handed over a cheque for Rs. 20,000 to
Shaktivel, who was instrumental in securing Reddy's
the Ripper" nabbed at last
04 March 1998
BANGALORE, March 3: Fugitive, psychopath and former
police constable Umesh Reddy, who remained elusive for
over nine months, was arrested on Monday by the Peenya
Umesh Reddy alias Rajulu alias Ramesh
alias Venkatesh was wanted by the police in over 20 rape
and robbery cases in the city, state and other states.
He had been involved in the sensational rape and murder
of Rupa in 1996 at Chitradurga. A Corps of Detectives
inquiry is in progress.
Umesh Reddy was involved recently in
three cases of rape and murder, including that of
Jayashree, a widow. He struck again at another house on
Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, city police beefed up their
vigil. Their hunch paid off when Umesh Reddy entered the
house of Sheeba on the pretext of inquiring about an
address and threatened her with a knife. When Sheeba
raised an alarm, Umesh Reddy tried to escape. He was
apprehended in a joint effort by the public, police and
Hoysala patrol team.
Umesh Reddy (30), from Basappa Malige
in Chitradurga district, wasserving in the Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir. He applied for
District Armed Reserve (DAR) in Chitradurga. Before
leaving for Karnataka, he raped the daughter of the CRPF
commandant and escaped from Kashmir.
While serving in DAR at Chitradurga,
he raped two girls, including Rupa. When he tried to
rape a high school girl, she escaped by hitting Umesh
with a brick and later identified him in the Republic
Day Parade. During interrogation, Umesh Reddy confessed
to kidnapping, raping and murdering Rupa. He escaped
from Bellary jail, while being handed over to the Jail
authorities by the DAR police.
After escaping from Bellary jail,
Umesh Reddy rented a house in the city and was involved
in two similar cases in Mysore and five in the city. He
was arrested by the police on July 7, while trying to
steal some women's under garments. But he escaped within
When the city and state police
tightened their noose around Umesh Reddy, he went to
Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Baroda and continued withhis
operation. When Mumbai police began to chase him, Umesh
returned to the city and hired a room in Madavara
village near Peenya. Before leaving Baroda, he robbed
the house of Shah, threatened his daughters and decamped
with Rs one lakh and a Maruti car.
A psychopath, Umesh had strange
habits. He used to attack houses where women stayed
alone. He would hold victims at knife point, tie their
hands, rape them, kill them and then rob the houses.
Umesh also collected the undergarments of women and
enjoyed wearing them.
The police recovered cash, gold
jewellery and electronic gadgets valued at over Rs 5.5
lakh from him.
1998 Indian Express
Rapist Umesh Reddy being escorted to the Karnataka High
for a hearing, in Bangalore on Friday 14th