Bengaluru: In a surprising development, Bengaluru south deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Annamalai K resigned from his position on Tuesday (May 28).

Annamalai is known as a sincere police officer and has now surprised all by deciding to quit the police force. He was nicknamed “Karnataka Singham”. There were speculations that he is likely to join politics but the man himself has put paid to them.

On his decision to quit, Annamalai has written a letter that states that his priorities changed after the death of another sincere police officer from Karnataka, Madhukar Shetty, in December 2018.

"I went to Kailash Mansarovar last year and that was an eye opener. I happened to re-examine the priorities of my life after the death of Madhukar Shetty Sir," wrote Annamalai.

He also stated that he was contemplating quitting since the last six months but did not want to inconvenience the Karnataka government by resigning before the Lok Sabha election.

Speaking about his future plans, Annamalai has specified that he wants to go back to his family and want to be a good father for his son and continue farming. "I want to see if my sheep still listens to me as I am no more a cop now," he wrote in the letter.

Annamalai is a 2011 batch IPS officer. His first posting was as an ASP of Karkala sub division in 2013. Two years later on January 1, 2015, he was promoted and took charge as SP of Udupi. His work won the hearts of people there and when there was an order to transfer him, the people of Udupi gathered in large numbers in protest and demanded that he be allowed to continue in the district. A large number of fan groups on social media are a proof to how Annamalai, being the strict officer won the hearts of the people.

After his transfer, Annamalai was posted as an SP of Chikkamagaluru, before joining as DCP of Bengaluru south.

Annamalai is from Karur district in Tamil Nadu. He has completed mechanical engineering and is also an MBA graduate from IIM-Lucknow. However, his exposure to life and its reality made him choose public service instead of high paying IT job.