CHENNAI: M Ravi, an IPS officer of the 1991 batch, retired from service on Tuesday after 31 years in uniform.
Addressing his colleagues at a farewell on Tuesday evening at the Rajarathinam Stadium, Ravi, a native of Dindigul, said, “I have now officially retired from the police service, but will continue with public service.”
Speaking to TOI, Ravi recollected his memories when he stayed in Delhi while he worked at a nationalised bank prior to joining the IPS. “At least one dozen people including the present chief secretary Irai Anbu, his brother Thirupugazh, DGP C Sylendra Babu, Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation DGP A K Viswanathan and others visited the bank quarter allotted to me in Delhi.”
As SP, Railways, Ravi was instrumental in busting the ‘Biscuit Bandits’, who stole valuables from people after offering them sedative-laced biscuits. He was also instrumental in solving the sensational gold quest case reported in Chetpet police station.
Ravi started his career as SP of Nagapattinam and later proceeded to serve in Villupuram, Dindigul, SP Railways, DCP, Traffic (North Chennai), Joint Commissioner, North, Additional Commissioner, Traffic, Chennai, and IGP, Aavin. Ravi was also the first police commissioner of Tambaram.
“My police duty has come to an end but my service to the people will continue. I am retiring with the heavy heart that I can no longer wear the uniform,” said Ravi.
Earlier, Chennai city police commissioner Shankar Jiwal said Ravi was a person who stayed strong both physically and mentally.Director General of Police C Sylendra Babu said, “Ravi and I were classmates in college. With sheer determination, Ravi tried civil service exams in 1987 and cracked them in 1991. Ravi’s house in Delhi was the place for civil service aspirants who did not have enough facilities to prepare for the exam.”