K. Vijay Kumar

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K Vijay Kumar
K Vijay Kumar IPS with SVPNPA Staff.JPG
K Vijay Kumar IPS With SVPNPA Staff in 2012
Born (1952-09-15) September 15, 1952 (age 65)
Alma mater Madras Christian College
Police career
Department Indian Police Service
Country India
Years of service 1975-2012
Rank Director General of Police.png Director General of Police
Other work Senior Security Adviser in Ministry of Home Affairs (India)

K Vijay Kumar, IPS (born 15 September 1952) is a retired IPS officer. He was the Chief of the Special Task Force of Tamil Nadu that was behind the brave encounter of the notorious bandit Veerappan during Operation Cocoon of 2004.

Early life[edit]

K Vijay Kumar


Vijay Kumar joined the Indian Police Service on 10 November 1975. He served as Assistant superintendent in Pattukkottai, Trichy and Sembiam. As Superintendent of Police, he served in Dharmapuri from 1982 to 1983 and Salem from 1983 to 1985. He assisted Walter Devaram during this tenure. He Served from 1985 to 1990 in the Elite Special Protection Group (SPG) with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.In 1990 he was posted as the SP of Dindigul district followed by Vellore district in 1991. He dealt with the Bus conductors and drivers strike with a firm hand. In 1991 he along with Sanjay Arora went on to form the Special Security Group (SSG) to provide security to Former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.In 1997 he was posted as the first Inspector General of Police for the South Zone of Tamil Nadu after having handled the caste clashes in the southern districts. He served from 1998 to 2000 as the Inspector General, Border Security Force (BSF) Srinagar during the peak of militancy. He also served as IG(Operations), BSF before being recalled to the state to head the operations to hunt the forest brigand Veerapan. In December 2001 he was appointed Commissioner of Police for Chennai city. The highlight of his career came was when he headed the task force operation, Operation Cocoon that killed the Veerappan in October 2004.[1]

In 2008, Vijay Kumar was chosen to head the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.[2][3] He served as the Director-general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from 2010 to 2012. In December 2012, the Union government appointed him as Senior Security Adviser in Ministry of Home Affairs in Government of India.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2013, Kannada film Attahasa, also made as Vana Yuddham in Tamil, based on the life and death of Veerappan, the role of Vijay Kumar was played by Arjun Sarja, and in 2016 the role was essayed by K. S. Sridhar in Killing Veerappan.[5]


In his book, Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand (ISBN 978-81-291-4530-7), he has given an authentic account of the rise and fall of Veerappan. The last section details about the Operation Cocoon. He was very proud to write the Chapter 34. The events in this chapter are narrated in a countdown manner. When he recalled those events, they were very fresh in his mind.


  1. ^ "Veerappan shot dead". The Hindu. 18 October 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vijay Kumar chosen to head National Police Academy". The Hindu. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Thiru K Vijay Kumar IPS, the Chief of the STF called on the Hon'ble Chief Minister at Secretariat". Government of Tamil Nadu. 2004-10-21. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Vijay Kumar appointed Senior Security Adviser in Home Ministry". The Hindu. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Operation Cocoon takes a reel turn". The Times of India. Dec 13, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-09.