|Jeevajyothi and the villain of the piece, Rajagopal.|
NEWS / SARAVANA BHAVAN
|Jeevajyothi … at centre of Saravana saga ….|
As per the case, Rajagopal proposed to Jeevajyothi, daughter of one of his assistant managers at a Chennai branch. Since Rajagopal had already married two women in the past, she refused to marry him. She eventually married Shantakumar in 1999.
In between, her father Ramasamy had left for Malaysia to take up some work there. Ramasamy was against his daughter marrying Shantakumar, he being a Christian.
Two years later, the couple filed a complaint with the police, saying Rajagopal and his men threatened them with dire consequences if the two lived together. Within days, Shantakumar was kidnapped, leading to his murder after dramatic developments.
It was in 1994 that Rajagopal met Jeevajyothi at an employees’ get-together. At that time, she was a Plus Two student and she lived with her parents at the Saravana Bhavan employees’ quarters in KK Nagar. Rajagopal took a fancy on her.
A while later, her father quit the job with Saravana Bhavan, and the family moved out of the quarters. Later, one day, Jeevajyothi’s mother approached Rajagopal, seeking help for her son-in-law and daughter to start a small-time business. Rajagopal, instead, started a new set-up and employed the couple there. Thus, the family again fell into Rajagopal’s trap. Rajagopal used one of his aide, Daniel, to eliminate Shantakumar, as per the case.
After kidnap of Shantakumar, Rajagopal forcibly kept Jeevajyoti in his custody for two weeks. During she sensed something was seriously going wrong. An initial attempt to kill Shantakumar did not succeed. He was killed in a second attempt by Rajagopal’s gangsters.