Payyannur: It is not easy to be the chief of the Kerala police. The director general of police gets more brickbats than bouquets, especially when the suspects the force deals with are cunning and imaginative.
A cop in Payyannur had an embarrassing moment when he realized that he had just given a mouthful to his chief. The hapless policeman was trying to intimidate a murder suspect who had been giving the police a miss. But he did not know that the mischief maker had diverted his calls to the DGP’s phone!
Nadavazhi Chandran has been a headache to the police, and particularly for the police chief, for some time. He hit headlines when he climbed on to a tree in front of the state secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram and threatened to jump to death unless he was reunited with his children.
He called the DGP from the treetop and wanted to interfere on his behalf. His wife had left him and sent the two children to an orphanage. The police somehow managed to get Chandran off the tree and arrest him.
Chandran persisted though. He kept on going to the orphanage at Ranni in Pathanamthitta, prompting the management to lodge a police complaint. The cops called up Chandran’s number but he refused to go to the police station despite repeated reminders.
The exasperated policeman called up Chandran again and vent his anger in whatever foul words he could muster. Unfortunately, Chandran had diverted his calls to the DGP’s number in anticipation of such a admonitions.
However, that was not the end of the DGP’s woes. Chandran walked into the police radar again after a restaurant worker was murdered at the Payyannur railway station last month. He fled to Mundakkayam where he eventually landed in the police net.
The episode landed a cop in Payyannur in jam when he called up the suspect not knowing his 'connections' to the DGP.