Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is the most authentic account of the life and times of the dreaded outlaw.
Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand by K Vijay Kumar
No other bandit in recent times has caught the public’s imagination as much as Koose Muniswamy Veerappan. Be it his trademark mustache, stories of his daring escapades or his ruthless massacre of officers, Veerappan continues to fascinate, even 13 years after his death.
The book Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand is an incisive and lucid 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 STF (Special Task Force) that planned and executed the dreaded bandit’s encounter, this book Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand 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 sandalwood smuggler and small-time poacher 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.
About the Author
K. VIJAY KUMAR is a former officer in the IPS (Indian Police Service) and was the Chief of the STF (Special Task Force) that was behind the killing of the dreaded bandit Veerappan during Operation Cocoon in 2004. Vijay Kumar, from the Tamil Nadu cadre a 1975 batch IPS officer, 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.