For a few minutes, the scene had rewinded 35 years ago. The minister for home became a university union chairman and the state police chief, an actor, while his wife became an elocutionist.
The venue was Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan’s private residence near Pallippurathu Kavu temple at Kodimatha.
The nostalgic remembrances of the former Kerala University students reached a heartwarming episode when the outgoing Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose and his wife Rabecca Punnoose visited the residence of Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Friday morning to personally bid adieu to the ‘police’ minister.
It was Jacob Punnoose’s last official visit to the residence of his ‘chief’ after retiring as the state police chief on Friday, with his stint expiring at 5 pm on the day.
When Jacob, accompanied by his wife Rabecca Punnoose reached the minister’s house for a ‘breakfast visit’ by 8.15 am, the second-in-charge of the UDF ministry, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, his wife Lalithambika and their son Arjun gave them a hearty welcome with a sumptuous breakfast.
The formalities and protocol took a backseat for a few minutes when Jacob shared his memories about the prizes he and his wife had won for theatre performances and elocution respectively in the University youth fest, while Radhakrishnan was the university union chairman then.
They went on to share more nostalgic memories.
District police chief C Rajagopal and Padma Rajagopal also joined in the conversation.
West CI A J Thomas was also present on the occasion.
When asked about his official stint, the DGP said it was a gratifying tenure and that he is very much satisfied in the implementation of the Keral police Act during his tenure.
When the DGP and family was about to leave the place, the minister’s wife arrived with a gift, handing it over to Rebecca.