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Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand Hardcover – 14 Feb 2017

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About the Author

K. VIJAY KUMAR is a former officer in the Indian Police Service (IPS) and was the Chief of the Special Task Force (STF) that was behind the killing 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 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from 2010 to 2012. He is currently Senior Security Adviser in the Home Ministry.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (14 February 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129145308
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129145307
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An authentic detail from the IPS officer is mind blowing. More thrilling than any New York bestselling thriller. Whatever we got to read in newspapers then was not even tip of an iceberg. The sacrifices made by the STF members are beyond words to appreciate and pay respect. It's a do or die mission that the members of the STF showed for 20 years with same flame burning within them despite failures after failures.
The friendly fire cut a sorry figure.

The bombshell Mr X should have been revealed whatsoever his social status is. It's always the blessings of such Mr X which help such goons /bandits to thrive.
Kashmir too is similar and so are Maoist in chhatisgarh. There are many such Mr X because of whom the police and army are being sacrificed.

Absolute start to finish 50 mts dash.
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Best action non fiction novel written by an IPS officer. Guess many scenes explained here are very confidential and action scenes are best described. Actually I had thought Vijay Kumar sir's job is to just watch the STF as a chief but after reading this you'll get chill down your spine as he's there in almost all the operations from 2000 as a commanding officer leading his STF forces from the front, the risk he's taken is immense
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Fast paced book... Vijaykumar has done a great job in describing the life of a long hunted bandit. His imagination and creativity in explaining events that he couldn't experience directly is appreciable. However, at certain places it becomes fictional especially reading veerapan's mind. But he has done justification to most of the events. Will be interesting to people who know the places very well as they could connect to the background easily. Overall good read, fast paced, gripping book. Must read.
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Wow. Great book. Just finished reading it. Would like to get it for my mom, her birthday is on 6th.
A beaut of a thriller.
Very, very well written and extremely readable.
Thanks Mr. Vijayakumar for sharing this with all of us.
Hope you write many more of your experiences!
Kudos to you, sir.
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The book is an excellent read, especially for a person who is interested in crime investigation. The book is not a work of fiction, as it is about the author's audacious plan to capture a forest poacher and brigand Veerappan. The book's initial chapters gives the reader a very accurate picture about the anti-Hero, the forest area in which he operated, his operating style and even his key gang members. The author relies on the inputs given by many police officers - especially the mid level/ranking officers who were actually on the ground, trying to bring the brigand to justice. The next few chapters also descrive the various attempts made by two state's police forces to trap Veerappan and how he managed to out-smart the police officers; quite often trapping them into ambushes.

Later part of the book; those are the events which happened after the author took over the operation to trap the forest brigand. These chapters can be read with the same excitement, felt when reading a fast moving investigation story book (Day of the jackal?). The change in the police tactics, the stressful job of creating a local intelligence network, training the forces to move as small teams and improvement of communication facilities are all explained in detail. The book clearly takes the reader through the tedious process of getting the brigand, and pinning him down to a small area of operation. The author has also taken the liberty to write a few paragraphs thinking from the view point of the brigand, Veerappan. In very few places, the author also mentions about the unheard aspects of Veerappan; that of a simple village man who gets nostalgic when showing (from a distance) a journalist, the village in which he spent his child hood, and that of a father who missed his two children.
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Excellent insightful Book! Very well narrated! The book gives authentic & thrilling information on the 20 year hunt for the Brigand in great detail.

The book narrates the evolution of Veerappan, his ruthless tactics in dealing with opponents, carefully detailing every major incidents & efforts by Tamilnadu and Karnataka police forces to nab him.

The book highlights the challenges of conducting operations in jungles, the adaptations STF had to go thru, the mind game the STF played on the gang and the change in strategy at various point in time. As good as a thriller novel.

The book also gives insights in Human and Technical Intelligence tactics used by STF at various stages.
It also shows the relentless effort made by STF to pursue every single lead.

Chapter 34 gives minute by minute account on what happened on night of October 18th, 2004.. The author has also explained that the window of opportunity to nab the gang alive was closed and had to open fire as a last resort.

If this book were not written, silent sacrifices made by hundreds of men in uniform would not have been known to the outside world.
The author has given due credit to his colleagues, subordinates at various stages.

On a side note, I think the author could have covered in some detail about the STF operations by Karnataka team. The author has acknowledged that this could be a book by itself.

Salutes to Mr.K.VijayaKumar and STF..
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