V. Joseph Thomas

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Vattavayalil Joseph Thomas (30 November 1941 – 10 February 2018), also known as Joseph Thomas in police and political circles, was the Director General of Kerala Police in India.

V. Joseph Thomas
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Joseph Thomas IPS
Born(1941-11-30)30 November 1941
Died10 February 2018(2018-02-10) (aged 76)
OccupationRetired Chief of Police
Years active1978–2001
Spouse(s)Mariamma Thomas
ChildrenTwinkle Thomas
Parent(s)V. J. Joseph, Aleykutty Joseph

Personal lifeEdit

V. Joseph Thomas was born to V. J. Joseph, Vattavayalil House and Aleykutty Joseph, Pamblani House at Palai in Kottayam District, Kerala. He married Mariamma Thomas and had one daughter. He retired from the police force in November 2001 and lived in Cochin, Kerala. He served as a patron at several organisations.

His younger brother, V. J. Kurian was the Additional Chief Secretary (India) to the Government of Kerala and is currently the Managing Director of Cochin International Airport Limited.


Joseph Thomas did his schooling in St. Thomas College, Palai. Soon after graduating from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, he decided to join the Indian Armed Forces. He was trained at the Indian Military Academy before joining the Indian Army


Joseph Thomas joined the Indian Army in early 1962 at the age of 20 and saw action in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. In early September 1965, he successfully captained his group of men deep into enemy territory during the height of the war. After a few years of service in the Indian Army, he passed the Indian Civil Services Examination in 1969 and joined the prestigious Indian Police Service, being the only native from Kerala in that batch of officers. His first posting was as the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Palakkad district. He also served as Superintendent of Police, Kozhikode,[1] Commissioner of Police, Trivandrum,[2] Commissioner of Police, Cochin,[3] Inspector General of Police, Headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram and Director General of Police, Vigilance Thiruvananthapuram. At the time of retirement, he served as the Director of the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau.[4] He also served as the founding Managing Director at the Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation Ltd.[5]

Joseph Thomas is best remembered by the city of Cochin for being the brain behind the conception, building and inauguration of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)[6] which was completed in 1996 ahead of schedule. This he accomplished while serving as the Chairman of the Greater Cochin Development Authority and was also decorated by the President of India for this effort. Another project he is remembered for is the beautification of the Marine Drive, Kochi into an iconic walkway and also his efforts to develop the Perandoor Canal along the lines of the Grand Canal (Venice).[7] Joseph Thomas also served as the patron of the Kerala State Athletics Association.[8] He also served as a patron at Vidyodaya School, Cochin, Kerala.[9] Until his demise, he was involved in various projects in the city of Cochin and spoke at public events.[10] He was also actively involved in humanitarian and charitable causes.[11]


Vattavayalil Joseph Thomas IPS
Panoramic View of the Stadium

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Official listing of Police Chiefs". Official Website of Kozhikode City Police. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Official Page of Trivandrum Police". Official Website of Trivandrum Police. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Official Website of Kochi City Police". www.kochicitypolice.org. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Former DGP". The Hindu. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corp Ltd". Official Website Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  6. ^ "V.J.Kurian". Cochin International Airport Website. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Ex-DGP Joseph Thomas". The New Indian Express newspaper. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Office Bearers of Kerala State Athletics Association". Official Website of Kerala State Athletics Association. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "School Notes". The Hindu Newspaper. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  10. ^ "GCDA". The Hindu Newspaper. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ "St. Paul's Charitable Trust - Patron, Board of Trustees & Founding Patron - Joseph Thomas IPS". stpaulscharitabletrust.org. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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