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Tharakan brings glory to Palakkad

By G. Prabhakaran

PALAKKAD, JAN. 27. The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has once again a person from Palakkad at the helm. P.K. Hormese Tharakan, a 1968 batch IPS officer, who will take over as the chief of RAW in New Delhi, began his career in Palakkad as trainee ASP.

Shankaran Nair and V. Balachandran (former Secretary), RAW, both from Palakkad, have headed the external intelligence wing in the past.

The new National Security Adviser, M.K. Narayanan, also hails from Palakkad.

Mr. Tharakan served as Superintendent of Police in Palakkad district for more than seven years.

He married Molly, daughter of the late Marattukulam of Changanasseri, when he was ASP in Palakkad in 1972. Throughout his career, Mr. Tharakan has been associated with Palakkad in various capacities, as ASP, SP.

When he was promoted as DIG, IG and DGP, the district was part of his jurisdiction.

After serving as City Commissioner of Police in Kozhikode and Thiruvanathapuram, Mr. Tharakan joined RAW in 1976 and was in Central service till 1985.

During this period, he served in Colombo and Nepal. He was with the Kerala Police from 1985 to 1989, and returned to Central service in 1989.

He was appointed Additional Director General of Police in Kerala during the term of the Nayanar Government and later DGP (Intelligence).

He was appointed DGP on June 16, 2003, after the retirement of K.J. Joseph.

Under his stewardship, the modernisation of the police force gained momentum in Kerala with Central assistance of Rs. 80 crores.

Mr. Tharakan set in motion the computerisation of the police system in the State. Mr. Tharakan is also known to have curbed corruption to a large extent in the police force, by keeping corrupt officers out of key posts.

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