A convicted serial killer housed next to the cell of AIADMK leader VK Sasikala in Parappana Agrahara central prison was shifted to Hindalga prison in Belagavi, north Karnataka, early this week.
The news that Sasikala was put up in a cell next to that of ‘cyanide killer’ Mallika , aka KD Kempamma, 52, in the women’s barracks had made headlines late last week in the backdrop of allegations that the AIADMK leader’s life was under threat.
‘Cyanide’ Mallika, possibly the country’s first woman serial killer, has been accused of killing six women. She allegedly identified rich women frequenting temples in and around Bengaluru, befriended them and killed them using cyanide before making off with their jewellery.
‘Cyanide’ Mallika was arrested in 2008 and convicted in many cases. Officials said Mallika was shifted due to security reasons.
However, jail sources said Mallika was friendly and cordial with Sasikala.
“In fact, she would not allow Sasikala to stand in a queue during meal time. She used to bring the food for her,” a source said, adding authorities might have been uneasy about it.
It was earlier reported that Mallika, who was a fan of Jayalalithaa wanted to meet the former Tamil Nadu CM when she was in the same jail.
The shifting was a hush affair and officials did not inform Mallika on the move, the sources said.
“They just asked Mallika to pack up her belongings and get ready to shift to another cell,” a source said, adding the murder convict was then bundled off to Hindalga jail.