Veerappan within Army's reach?
The police forces of
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and the Special Task Force (STF) have failed
miserably to bring poacher-turned-kidnapper Veerappan to his knees.
The question now being debated is – can the Army be pressed
In fact, the
idea to seek the Army's help was mooted way back in 2000 when Kannada
film star, Rajkumar was kidnapped by the forest bandit. The idea,
however, mulled over by the heads of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments
was abandoned for obvious pitfalls.
was vehemently opposed by the then defence officials even before
it could come up for discussion at the Central level", says
an official in Home Ministry who refuses to be named. "The
defence official had unanimously opposed it saying Army was meant
to fight enemies and not a bandit", added the official.
Maj. Gen. MP
Bhagat, Inspector General (Operation) National Security Guard (NSG)
who had a long stint with the Indian Army feels that deployment
of Army would set a bad precedence. "There is no reason why
STF or the BSF cannot nail down Veerappan. They are efficient, motivated
and task-oriented force", he says.
The combat experts
often compare Veerappan's striking capabilities with that a cobra.
"He lies low and hits as and when he gets an opportunity. But
whatever the justification, I feel he is not such a force that Army
needs to be pressed into service", says Bhagat...more