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No other bandit in recent times has captured the public's imagination as much as KOOSE MUNISWAMY VEERAPPAN. Be it his trademark moustache, stories of his daring escapades or his ruthless massacre of officers, Veerappan continues to fascinate, even thirteen years after his death. Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is a lucid and incisive account of the rise and fall of India's most dreaded forest brigand. Chronicled by K. Vijay Kumar, IPS, the man who spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) that planned and executed the dreaded bandit's encounter, the book relives the various incidents that shaped Veerappan's life-from his birth in Gopinatham in 1952 to his death in 2004 in a shootout in Padi. It traces his dramatic rise from a small-time poacher and sandalwood smuggler to a brutal fugitive who held three states to ransom for two decades. The ruthless killings and high-profile kidnappings masterminded by Veerappan, including the 108-day ordeal involving Kannada cinema superstar, Dr Rajkumar, are described in fascinating detail. Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is the most authentic account of the life and times of the dreaded outlaw.

About the Author

K. VIJAY KUMAR is a former in the Indian Police Service (IPS). He was the Chief of the Special Task Force (STF) that was behind the encounter of the dreaded bandit Veerappan during Operation Cocoon in 2004. Mr. Kumar, a 1975-batch IPS officer from the Tamil Nadu Cadre, headed the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad in 2008 and served as the director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) form 2010 to 2012. He is currently Senior Security Adviser in the Home Ministry.

Introduction

Finding and bringing Veerappan to justice was an onerous task that took many years and claimed several lives in the process. It was a combination of experience, stratagem, meticulous planning and, to an extent, luck that finally helped us succeed.

Many brave policemen, officers and courageous civilians took enormous risks and made huge personal sacrifices in an attempt to bring Veerappan to justice. I am entirely to blame for this book's bias towards the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF). Further, space constraints have led to the omission of and, at times, mere reference to several heroic episodes. But that should in no way detract from their contribution.

I have made all efforts to present the events to the best of my knowledge and as truthfully as possible. But several episodes described in this book are based on secondary reports gained from a multiplicity of sources. As such, I often had to deal with wildly contradictory versions of the same event.

Wherever I encountered differing versions of the same event, I tried to reconcile them and provide the most logical, coherent and accurate account. But it is difficult to state with certainty that all events took place exactly the way they have been described in this book.

As in all such operations, we witnessed courage and nobility as well as the seamier side of individuals and organizations. Wherever I have pointed out the latter, my intent was not to defame anyone, but to recreate the events as truthfully as possible.

In some cases, I have deliberately blurred sequences, obscured details and scrambled timelines in order to preserve operational secrecy and protect the identities of people who were involved in sensitive missions. Some of them continue to put their lives on the line for the nation even today.

To sum up the experience, I will quote my colleague K.N. Mirji, 'It's like a football team. All eleven play, but one scores the goal.

Contents

  Introduction ix
  Prologue: Springing the Trap Xi
  Part 1: The Making of a Cop  
1 Life as a Rokie 3
2 The Call that Started It All 12
  Part 2: The Veerappan Files  
3 Rise of a Brigand 17
4 Death of a Newborn 26
5 A Blow to Veerappan 30
6 The Good Friday Massacre 40
7 Three Hit, Not Out 49
8 The Fort Without a King 55
9 Ambush in MM Hills 59
10 The Biggest Raid on Veerappan's Camp 69
11 The STF's First Casualty-Senthil 77
12 The 1000-crore Ransom Demand 83
13 Unfriendly Fire 91
14 Hillside Ambush 97
15 Execution of an Informer 103
16 One Day, Two Escapes 111
  Part 3: The Rajkumar Sage and its Fallout  
17 An Audacious Abduction 117
18 Hostage Crisis 128
19 A Hero's Welcome 135
20 Close Encounters in Semmandhi 139
21 a Mother's Wrath 150
22 The Marina Beach Encounter 154
23 Inside Veerappan's Lair 158
24 The Last Victim 167
  Part 4: Operarion Cocoon  
25 Back with the STF 177
26 Getting Down to Brass Tacks 183
27 Operation Boston 186
28 Operation Inundation 195
29 Planting a Mole 202
30 Enter Hitman 212
31 Contact, at Last 216
32 The Longest Day 220
33 The Longest Night 226
34 Shootout at Padi 231
  Epilogue 243
  Appendix 1 245
  Acknowledgements 247

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No other bandit in recent times has captured the public's imagination as much as KOOSE MUNISWAMY VEERAPPAN. Be it his trademark moustache, stories of his daring escapades or his ruthless massacre of officers, Veerappan continues to fascinate, even thirteen years after his death. Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is a lucid and incisive account of the rise and fall of India's most dreaded forest brigand. Chronicled by K. Vijay Kumar, IPS, the man who spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) that planned and executed the dreaded bandit's encounter, the book relives the various incidents that shaped Veerappan's life-from his birth in Gopinatham in 1952 to his death in 2004 in a shootout in Padi. It traces his dramatic rise from a small-time poacher and sandalwood smuggler to a brutal fugitive who held three states to ransom for two decades. The ruthless killings and high-profile kidnappings masterminded by Veerappan, including the 108-day ordeal involving Kannada cinema superstar, Dr Rajkumar, are described in fascinating detail. Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is the most authentic account of the life and times of the dreaded outlaw.

About the Author

K. VIJAY KUMAR is a former in the Indian Police Service (IPS). He was the Chief of the Special Task Force (STF) that was behind the encounter of the dreaded bandit Veerappan during Operation Cocoon in 2004. Mr. Kumar, a 1975-batch IPS officer from the Tamil Nadu Cadre, headed the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad in 2008 and served as the director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) form 2010 to 2012. He is currently Senior Security Adviser in the Home Ministry.

Introduction

Finding and bringing Veerappan to justice was an onerous task that took many years and claimed several lives in the process. It was a combination of experience, stratagem, meticulous planning and, to an extent, luck that finally helped us succeed.

Many brave policemen, officers and courageous civilians took enormous risks and made huge personal sacrifices in an attempt to bring Veerappan to justice. I am entirely to blame for this book's bias towards the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF). Further, space constraints have led to the omission of and, at times, mere reference to several heroic episodes. But that should in no way detract from their contribution.

I have made all efforts to present the events to the best of my knowledge and as truthfully as possible. But several episodes described in this book are based on secondary reports gained from a multiplicity of sources. As such, I often had to deal with wildly contradictory versions of the same event.

Wherever I encountered differing versions of the same event, I tried to reconcile them and provide the most logical, coherent and accurate account. But it is difficult to state with certainty that all events took place exactly the way they have been described in this book.

As in all such operations, we witnessed courage and nobility as well as the seamier side of individuals and organizations. Wherever I have pointed out the latter, my intent was not to defame anyone, but to recreate the events as truthfully as possible.

In some cases, I have deliberately blurred sequences, obscured details and scrambled timelines in order to preserve operational secrecy and protect the identities of people who were involved in sensitive missions. Some of them continue to put their lives on the line for the nation even today.

To sum up the experience, I will quote my colleague K.N. Mirji, 'It's like a football team. All eleven play, but one scores the goal.

Contents

  Introduction ix
  Prologue: Springing the Trap Xi
  Part 1: The Making of a Cop  
1 Life as a Rokie 3
2 The Call that Started It All 12
  Part 2: The Veerappan Files  
3 Rise of a Brigand 17
4 Death of a Newborn 26
5 A Blow to Veerappan 30
6 The Good Friday Massacre 40
7 Three Hit, Not Out 49
8 The Fort Without a King 55
9 Ambush in MM Hills 59
10 The Biggest Raid on Veerappan's Camp 69
11 The STF's First Casualty-Senthil 77
12 The 1000-crore Ransom Demand 83
13 Unfriendly Fire 91
14 Hillside Ambush 97
15 Execution of an Informer 103
16 One Day, Two Escapes 111
  Part 3: The Rajkumar Sage and its Fallout  
17 An Audacious Abduction 117
18 Hostage Crisis 128
19 A Hero's Welcome 135
20 Close Encounters in Semmandhi 139
21 a Mother's Wrath 150
22 The Marina Beach Encounter 154
23 Inside Veerappan's Lair 158
24 The Last Victim 167
  Part 4: Operarion Cocoon  
25 Back with the STF 177
26 Getting Down to Brass Tacks 183
27 Operation Boston 186
28 Operation Inundation 195
29 Planting a Mole 202
30 Enter Hitman 212
31 Contact, at Last 216
32 The Longest Day 220
33 The Longest Night 226
34 Shootout at Padi 231
  Epilogue 243
  Appendix 1 245
  Acknowledgements 247

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