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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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‘Not for much longer,’ thought the bandit grimly, even as he began savouring the moment when he would give the order to open fire.


A shot rang out just seconds before the convoy would have been hopelessly trapped. ‘What the hell! Which idiot fired before I gave the go-ahead? I’ll kill him myself,’ roared Veerappan. But his voice was drowned out as his other men too began shooting in a chain reaction. A furious Veerappan roared with impotent rage as he emptied his weapon at the vehicles. Despite the premature firing, the convoy was riddled with bullets. Many STF men were hit before they could even process what was going on. Others quickly spilled out of the jeeps to take cover behind the trees

and fired back. Gopal’s driver, Ravi, felt a sharp pain in his right wrist as a bullet went through. Groaning, he quickly sized up the situation. ‘It’s hopeless,’ he thought and turned to look at the back seat.

He saw that Gopal had raised his AK-47, even though he was bleeding profusely from the neck. The sight jolted Ravi into action.

Frantically, he tried to manoeuvre the jeep, but it didn’t respond. Puzzled, he looked at his right hand and realized that there was no strength left in it. Ravi swore, then grabbed the steering wheel with his

left and reversed as fast as he could. ‘He’s getting away,’ yelled Veerappan. ‘After him!’ The outlaws broke cover and raced towards the road. But the jeep was too fast. Veerappan turned his face to the sky and howled in frustration. ‘I’ll get you another day,’ he screamed. With effort, he composed himself. ‘Time to get out of here,’ he ordered. ‘Make sure to cut down a tree and block the route in case they send a search party after us.’ As his men began to melt away, Veerappan strode up to one of the jeeps in which all the occupants were lying dead. ‘I’ll get myself a little souvenir,’ he said, pulling out a 7.62 mm SLR that belonged to one of the jeep’s unfortunate occupants. He carried that weapon with him till his last day. The gang had prepared its ambush so thoroughly and was so sure of its success that it moved on to a designated rendezvous spot where piping hot tea and snacks were laid out. An exuberant Veerappan rewarded his key associates liberally with gold chains, his earlier anger forgotten. At the time I was at the STF headquarters in Mellur (Tamil Nadu)


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  • Paperback : 263 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8129145352
  • ISBN-10 : 8129145359
  • Item Weight : 340 g
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India; First Edition (10 February 2017)
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.63 x 21.59 cm
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written true story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Vijay Kumar seems to have demonstrated his prowess with the pen as much as with a pistol!”
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