B. Gopal Hosur, the former State Intelligence chief and presently serving as Inspector-General of Police (Civil Defence and Home Guards), has sought voluntary retirement after 34 years in the force.
His resignation letter, sent to the government on September 17, comes six months before he is scheduled to retire in March 2014.
Speaking to The Hindu on Saturday, Mr. Hosur dismissed media reports claiming that he had been sidelined by the Siddaramaiah government. “My relation[ship] with the Chief Minister and the Home Minister is very cordial and warm,” he said.
Mr. Hosur became a household name in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu after he survived an ambush by forest brigand Veerappan on May 24, 1993 in the M.M. Hills area. He was in hospital for six months after that.
He has many admirers in coastal Karnataka where he served as IGP (Western Range) between February 2009 and August 2010 — a period of relative peace in the communally sensitive region. He was handpicked by the then Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for the post after the BJP government was condemned for its handling of the September 2008 church attacks and the January 2009 attack on women at a pub in Mangalore.
He added, “I always tried to go out of my way to protect innocents. Saving innocents who were wrongly accused is the greatest achievement of my career.”
An alumnus of the Sainik School in Bijapur, Mr. Hosur said: “I thank my school and my parents for instilling secular values in me which made me a better police officer.”