30 November, 2020

Another Quarry

After the Rajkumar kidnapping, it's Nagappa's turn but the states and police react with predictable lethargy

Another Quarry
After Koose Muniswamy Veerappan knocked his way into H. Nagappa’s farmhouse at Kamagere on August 26 and kidnapped the former Karnataka minister, he asked a farm labourer: "Can you identify me? You must have seen me on TV several times." The farmhand, Guruswamy, said he didn’t. But any farm worker in this area should know what Veerappan looks like, given that ‘wanted’ posters are splashed across the villages by the Special Task Force (STF).

That there was no surprise element in Nagappa’s abduction is clear from the fact that he was atop Veerappan’s hit-list and had been provided armed security. There should also have been enough lessons learned from Veerappan’s last kidnapping. But this time too the reaction of the STF in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka ran to a familiar script. Many curious facts have emerged in the Nagappa kidnapping which show up police and STF complacency:

  • Nagappa, who has been on Veerappan’s hit-list, was provided with three armed guards for round-the-clock duty but none were around when it mattered.

  • After grabbing Nagappa, a...


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