Jayaram Padikkal

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Jayaram Padikkal IPS was born in Peruvemba village Palghat in Kerala. Padikkal, son of an Indian Army officer had his education in Pune. A good hockey player, Padikkal was a voracious reader, especially history, crime and philosophy. But Padikkal ended up in the Indian Police Service. He was the youngest DIG in the country and was honoured with the President's Police Medal.

However Jayaram Padikkal became notorious after the infamous Rajan case, which was the illegal custody and torture of Rajan, an engineering student from Calicut. Rajan is believed to be tortured to death by Pulikkodan Narayanan (then Sub-Inspector, Perambra Police Station and later retired as Deputy Superintendent of Police), under the orders of this officer. The case led to the resignation of the then Home Minister K. Karunakaran, and also to the suspension and imprisonment of the officers accused in this case. It was said that C. Achutha Menon and K. Karunakaran, while they were the chief minister and home minister respectively, had given Padikkal a blank cheque for finishing off the Naxalite movement in the state. Padikkal recruited many youngsters from the campuses in Kerala, trained them and made them infiltrate the Naxalite movements.. Padikkal was one of the few officers in the Kerala cadre who was sent for training at Scotland Yard, the premiere detective agency in United Kingdom. Jayaram Padikkal was the chief (DIG) of the Crime Branch...
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