Authorities in India say they have found the body of a politician kidnapped by a bandit who is wanted for more than 100 murders.
Police recovered the body of former state minister Hannur Nagappa today (Sunday) in a forest. Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.
Mr. Nagappa was kidnapped in August in the southern state of Karnataka by outlaw Koose Muniswamy Veerappan.
Police intensified their search for the politician after Mr. Veerappan said on an audio-tape he had released him in the jungles. Authorities found the tape Saturday at the farm house where the politician was kidnapped.
Last month, Mr. Veerappan threatened to kill Mr. Nagappa unless the government released a jailed Tamil nationalist leader (Kolathur Mani).
But Indian officials refused to release Mr. Mani, who was accused of supplying weapons to Mr. Veerappan. They promised Mr. Veerappan a fair trial if he released Mr. Nagappa and surrendered.
Mr. Veerappan has eluded Indian troops in the jungles of the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for the past 12 years.