I dont know why so much fuss is being made about the release of Shahabuddin ? I regard him as a small fry. The big sharks and crocodiles are many of our politicians and big businessmen who misuse the state machinery for their nefarious ends.
Few people can fight with the state machinery, which has the real power. Even Veerappan, who was at one time projected as a terror, was really being patronised by some politicians as he gave a share of the proceeds from sandalwood trade to them as tribute, but when his utility was over he was easily bumped off.
So a myth is created about Shahbuddin, Veerappan, etc. The real dacoits are these smooth talking, apparently sophisticated, netas who have looted the country, in collaboration with some bureaucrats and big businessmen