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Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand Kindle Edition
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Every now and then I am motivated to flip through a few pages for self motivation when by batteries are down and the thought process meanders to think " I am putting so much efforts but the result is not being seen". The Law of Karma is absolutely reinforced in this book that despite the best efforts in Boston, Cocoon only succeeded to crowning glory. Hence it has taught me patience.
Another important inference in one of the pages written by the Author is "Activity cannot be misconstrued for Progress" This is absolutely true in my profession where how much ever you do multiple sales calls, only result matters.. Hats off to all these life lessons K.Vijaykumar Sir.
I had the privilege and pleasure to report to you during the implementation of AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) in Chennai City Police, when you were the Commissioner. Nostalgic memories go through my mind for every case we cracked and reported to you when I used to come to your office with the then Fingerprint DSP Mr.Ganesan and Inspector R.D.Vijaykumar with solved cases and meeting you in your cabin with Mr.M.K.Jha IPS. Thanks a ton for this invaluable experience that has helped me scale greater heights in my career.
The quote in the Introduction was very much inspiring "It's like a football team. All eleven play, but one scores the goal". After finishing the book, I had mixed feelings and made me to do further research. This analysis raised a lot of questions and I doubted whether the goal was scored by fair means or the STF had given Veerappan to taste his own medicine. If you re-read the book, you will feel Veerappan deserved it, but his partners in crime have escaped.
In the Rise of a Brigand, it's mentioned that Veerappan had invited a rival gang for a meal. After the meal, his men opened fire immediately, thus wiping out the competition. But, Nakkheeran gives a different view in his Part 2 Interview.
In A Blow to Veerappan, if you recall the August 1992 incident, Naika pulled Harikrishna and Shakeel and their white Ambassador had multiple holes. It looks very much similar to Veerappan's death in a white Tempo Traveller filled with bullet holes.
22 - charred bodies in the Good Friday Massacre will assure us that Veerappan got what he deserved.
Gopal Hosur, the STF SP (May 1993), who had 55 sutures in his neck after the ambush in MM Hills, shares his experience in a TEDx event.
The article Veerappan’s ghost comes back to haunt the police, says the claims by Gopal Hosur for the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry were fake.
In The STF's First Casualty - Senthil, at the end of a day-long futile jungle search, Senthil would charge up a tall rock and scream at the top of his voice, "Veerappan! Where are you? I have come for you". During an operation at Sorgam Valley, a bullet tunnelled through his left eye and penetrated his brain. Veerappan too faced the same on his fateful day. "No mission haunts you more than the one from which you return carrying the stiffening body of a buddy, even if you are a commando". Veerappan's death will be the only answer for all those sacrifices.
In the Unfriendly Fire, when you read the line Dei suttuteiyada (You've shot me) will send shock waves.
Earlier, I heard about Vachathi incident but didn't knew much about it. After reading the Solagar Thotti book review, I felt this was one of the major incidents but was not mentioned much in the book. I searched through the book for the word Vachathi and didn't find it. Then, I searched for STF and found Vaachatti mentioned on Page 130. The Justice for Vachathi article from FrontLine gives a detailed view of the Vachathi incident.
In The Last Victim, we don't have a confirmed answer for the former Karnataka minister H. Nagappa's death. In the Nakkheeran's Part - 1 Interview (at 17:13), he explains that Nagappa's wife had come to meet Jayalalitha. But, Jayalalitha insisted to discuss anything other than Nagappa's release.
In the Contact, at Last, Red took out a lottery ticket and tore into half. He handed over one piece to Mr. X and had the other half. "This will serve as Anna's travel ticket. When your man meets ours, they should match the edges. Arrange for a vehicle to bring out four people". This reminds me of the movie Ayan where a similar strategy was used for smuggling.
The revealations from Veerappan's Astro chart is very interesting.
The map in the last cover doesn't make any sense in the beginning. After reading, it gives a clear picture and the author deserves special appreciation for bringing out this. Adding a Timeline of activities and events in the future editions will be easy for reference.
1. A book review motivated me to do more research on Veerappan and he too raised a lot of questions.
2. Page 89 - Veerappan's younger brother, Arjunan was arrested by the STF. The Karnataka Police demanded that he be handed over to them for interrogation. Arjunan and Veerappan's 2 aides were formally transferred into the custody of the Karnataka Police and were taken away in a police van. When the van moved about 40 Km, they heard strange sounds from the back. When the back of the van was opened, he found them to have taken Cyanide capsules and died instantaneously. Even a layman knows it's not possible to get Cyanide in Police custody.
3. Veerappan's sister Mariammal had committed suicide. So, he brutally beheaded Srinivas, the Karnataka forest official, blaming him for the suicide of his sister.
4. The death of former Karnataka minister H. Nagappa is not yet known.
5. Page 130 - In 1992, it was alleged that STF personnel entered these two villages on the pretext of searching for smuggled sandalwood and Veerappan, and assaulted and raped some of the locals. The involvement of the STF in the Chinnampathi case was never proved. Ultimately, not a sinlge STF person was held guilty.
The article from TamilWeek raises a lot of Troubling questions about the killing of Veerappan. It clearly says that The Commission recommended among other things the immediate compensation of Indian Rs. 10,000 each to 19 women raped by STF personnel.
6. Page 223 - In The Longest Day, it's mentioned that a stretcher was added and there were 3 portraits of deities. Lord Venkateswara in the middle had a camera fixed on his forehead, to pass on real-time information.
Page 232 - In The Shootout at Padi, The Sweet Box was meant to block the path of the oncoming Cocoon. It also housed three tech experts, who would recieve signals from the surveillance camera concealed inside the ambulance. It was their job to confirm that the target was inside the vehicle before we intercepted it.
Page 235 - In the T minus 120 seconds, The tech team has confirmed four people in the back of Cocoon. But the picture from the camera is blurred, can't make out their faces. If the footage from the Camera was released, then it would put an end to all the doubts and controversies.
7. Page 209 - In Planting a Mole, a new character Mr. X gets introduced. According to Veerappan, Mr. X had links with certain Sri Lanka based Tamil radicals, and could use them to procure guns. During the book launch (at 21:27), when the author was questioned about Mr. X, he gave a reply which can't be taken lightly.
8. In a very old interview, Walter Devaram has mentioned that it's impossible for Veerappan to have AK-47.
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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