Reformed former Karnataka underworld don Muthappa Rai dies in Bengaluru

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The bloody murder of Bengaluru’s don in broad daylight turned Muttappa Rai into one of the most feared persons in the city’s underworld.

Reformed former Karnataka underworld don N Muthappa Rai succumbed to the brain cancer he has been battling for the past one year. Rai, 68, breathed his last at the wee hours on Friday (May 15) at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru.

He is survived by his wife and two sons. His last rites are likely to be performed at Bidadi late on Friday, as per a report by news agency PTI.

Born in Dakshina Kannada's Puttur town, he joined the world of crime at a very young age and had several cases against him, including murder. According to News Minute, Rai had begun his career as a clerk in Vijaya Bank. Later on in his life, he came to Bengaluru to start his own business, and took to crime to protect his business interests.

He was held responsible for the murder of erstwhile Bengaluru don MP Jayaraj in 1990, which reportedly marked his entry into the underworld. His ascent in the criminal world subsequently even took him to Mumbai where he was linked with Dawood Ibrahim, the News Minute report said.

The police had questioned him on April 15 at his residence in Bidadi, after the extradition of Ravi Pujari. Rai was questioned in connection with a builder’s murder which took place in Bengaluru in 2001.

He changed the track of his life in the early 2000s after an alleged attempt on his life was made. Subsequently he put aside his gangster past and set up a social services organisation called Jaya Karnataka.

According to the Jaya Karnataka’s Facebook page, the organisation, “aims at improving the quality of life of the people of Karnataka. A truly democratic, non-political organization that has originated in response to the ever-increasing problems of the people of this state.”

He had made headlines in 2018 when he held an Ayudha pooja for his weapons: a display of guns, knives and machetes, which resulted in the Central Crime Bureau sending him a notice over the display.

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