Koosan Palli Veerappan and the Police Kung Fu.
Did you ever hear that 'sleeping with an enemy is not a sin but
charity'? Of course don't try it, as it may concur damage!.People
when loose faith in their rulers, they gain in themselves. Koosan
Palli (name changed) a place well known for its illegal home
arrack industry. The poor of this village had no way to earn their
livelihood but launch into preparation of arrack and sell in bulk
or in retail. The police had to catch them as it is illegal but
had no chance to enter the Palli as the women folk would take up
the Sarni Khunto (Palm Stick Broom), Koiti (chauper) and kurad (axe)to
defend themselves and chase the police who normally ran for life
instead of entering the village with darbar size courage.
The police often wore mufti and tried their brevity to catch some
of them. But it wasn't their cup of tea. The man who is to be
arrested (Veerappan Chopra) was hiding and at the same time was
freely roaming amidst the city in Koosan Palli and Uppinadi (name
He was notorious but at the same time very clever with Kadugalla
Veerappan's skill. Finally police had to surrender and find a
public occasion to see that this man is trapped.
It was Rev. Fr. Hatrick (name changed) the assistant parish priest
of four story bell free parish which was built in 1962, was
transferred to Koosan Palli parish. His body though was in Koosan
Palli, his soul longed for the youth of Barkur who normally tied a
rope for his fine tuned bell and both enjoyed ringing with similar
The day was fortunate. Fr. Hatrick invited his beloved Santi Guddi
boys of 1962 bell free parish. There was a three hour drama
starting around seven thirty but first curtain was raised at
The delay was on account of no lights around and secondly these
Santi Guddi bell free boys failed to reach in time. The twenty men
army got into the bus and finally in the pitch dark found
themselves under the noise of Koosan Pally drama stage. Though the
bell free army had forty in their count but reached safe only
twenty;yet left to enjoy the drama that was put up by these Koosan
Palli village youth. They had to entertain the locals and prove
their age old hidden supremacy to the bell free army.
They were welcomed with noise and dust amidst a few dozen people
with hot bottle scent. The heroes and heroines to perform were
from the Bollyhood Palli who for the first time appear on the ice
berg called Stage. Some of them were professionally most wanted by
the local police for many offences committed directly or
indirectly by them. The highlight of the day was the bell free
parish youth. Rest weren't there. The simple reason is, their
place was occupied by the police in mufti to catch these stars and
take them 'behind the bar' in nearby police station.
The drama began. And Mr. Veerappan who was to be caught appears on
the stage with his bhima size. What a joy to the police and the
drama audience! The police in mafti invited the other gang of
police who knew special Kung Fu with official dress to arrive and
catch Veerappan of Koosan Palli who was most wanted for illegal
activities, in particular cooking and selling the local 46% mixed
alcohol hot cooled water. When the chains and the team of police
arrived the commotion increased in the area. The police came to
catch Veerappan behind the stage by interrupting the progressive
drama as soon as the drama curtain was up. There was a Good
Samaritan who rightly told them, "it is illegal to stop a public
function by catching a culprit in action'. Hence, the police
watched his all mukha bhangis (funny facial appearance) on stage
and waited for the last scene. When the last scene was declared
for the drama to get over, Veerappan was not there!. He
entertained the police and the people to the full. Where has he
gone? Of Course, police are good at catching and handcuffing those
innocents but not the clever ones.
The Veerappan was directed by his team mates and the Fr. Hatrick's
volunteers to get under the stage which was well built for safety.
One plank of the stage was moved and there our Veerappan - like
the Cycle Savara gets into the womb of the stage and rests for the
rest of the night with his loongi stretched. Some said, don't tell
where he is and others waved hands on the air saying, 'Dev Bori
Raat dium Veerappan' (Good nightVeerappan) and Veerappan sleeps
peacefully that night.
The drama is over. All left the place, but the hungry hunter
police are still searching for the Hero of the drama to take him
to the Uppinadi police station to beat him like the children who
would kill a dead snake. But their attempt to have his darshan was
one hundred percent successful but catching him with their hungry
anger was yet to open their account.
The police went back empty handed. The catch was dropped not only
by the cricketers in a cricket match but here by our local police.
All enjoyed the drama so also the police. The Rev. Fr. Hatrick had
his butterflies in his stomach as he had invited the Chalis chor
from bell free parish not knowing what would happen. Yet, it was
all fun as the people watched two types of scenes; namely the
drama scene and the police hunt.
Till today, I mean even after that day, the man was not caught (?)
but I believe with the reader that he left that profession because
he was involved in a religious act of performing GOOD against the
evil in the drama. I wish that, May Fr. Hatrick's hats off for the
success of changing water into wine in the life of Veerappan of
Koosan Hally and also the people from their profession of illegal
hot cold water to hard working souls. Hurray hip hip hurray Fr.
Yes, Cheers to Fr. Hatrick!!! Shush stop it. Its not the Kosan
halli production but Bell Free boys production. Ha ha ha
October 20, 2005.