Former Punjab Police DGP KPS Gill Dies at 82

 

Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill passed away on Friday in a Delhi hospital. He was 82.Gill served twice as DGP of Punjab and is credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control.KPS Gill retired from the IPS in 1995.He passed away in New Delhi on 26 May 2017 due to cardiac arrest.Gill breathed his last at 2.55 pm at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on May 18 under the care of Dr DS Rana

 

 

 

Kanwar Pal Singh Gill served twice as Director General of Police (DGP) for the state of Punjab, India, where he is credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control.[ While many see him as a hero, there are accusations that he and the forces under his command were responsible for human rights violations "in the name of stamping out terrorism."[Gill retired from the Indian Police Service in 1995.

 

 

Gill was an author, editor, speaker, consultant on counter-terrorism, president of the Institute for Conflict Management and president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

 

 

In 1996, Gill was convicted of sexual harassment at a 1988 party. It has been alleged that he was targeted by lobbies inimical to him.

 

 

After allegations of corruption within the IHF in 2008, the Indian Olympic Association suspended the IHF indefinitely.

 

 

He received a Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1989 for his work in the civil service.

 

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Gill joined the Indian Police Service in 1958 and was assigned to the Assam and Meghalaya states in northeast India.

 

In the early 1980s, Gill served as Inspector General of Police in Assam. Vinayak Ganapathy, writing for rediff.com in 2003, noted "Gill's no-nonsense style of functioning, which earned him the sobriquet 'supercop' in Punjab, made him unpopular among influential sections of the population" in Assam and called him "a controversial figure". While Director General of police in Assam, Gill was charged with kicking a demonstrator to death, but was acquitted by the Delhi High Court. Gill lived in the northeast region of India for 28 years, returning to his home state of Punjab in 1984.

 

 

 

 

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