- 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)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard to put down once you start reading - you could be forgiven if you thought it is all fiction. Bravo to the officers and troops who put in efforts beyond the pale. Read morePublished 1 day ago by makkumatre
The book is written as a first hand account of killing of Veerrappan.The writer has not written it to blow his own trumpet but had also given due credit and appreciated the brave... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Finally I got my copy ❤️the much awaited one..could read only 5 pages so far n loving it..Since my school days I follow Vijay Kumar Sir N Walter Devaram Sir.. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
In short,one of the best books written on the enigma that veerappan was ,and aptly captures the efforts it took to put his menace to an end . Read morePublished 10 days ago by Angshuman
The story is told in simple and understandable language. I found it very engaging and sometimes racy. There's never a dull moment in the book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sharath Shivakumar