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KPS Gill: The Paramount Cop

Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, popularly known as KPS Gill, was one of the most celebrated and decorated police officers in India. He is widely credited for crushing the Khalistan insurgency in Punjab and restoring peace and order in the state. He also served in various other states and regions, such as Assam, Meghalaya, Delhi, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh, where he tackled various challenges such as terrorism, militancy, communal violence, and Maoism. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1989 and the President's Police Medal for Gallantry in 1992. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 82.


His life and achievements have been documented in several books and articles, such as by Mark Tully and Satish Jacob. These books provide an insight into his personality, his leadership style, his strategies, and his controversies. They also highlight his role in preserving the unity and integrity of India in the face of separatist threats.

Early Life and Career

KPS Gill was born on 25 December 1934 in Ludhiana, Punjab. His father was a civil engineer and his mother was a teacher. He belonged to a Sikh family that traced its ancestry to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He studied at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, where he excelled in academics and sports. He was also influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence and wanted to join the Communist Party of India. However, he changed his mind after witnessing the atrocities committed by the communists during the partition of India.

He joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1958 and was allotted to the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He served in various capacities in the northeastern states, where he dealt with the problems of infiltration, insurgency, and ethnic violence. He earned the reputation of being a tough and fearless officer who did not hesitate to take on the militants and their supporters. He also developed a network of informers and collaborators who helped him gather intelligence and carry out operations. He was instrumental in arresting several top leaders of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), such as Paresh Baruah and Anup Chetia.

The Punjab Crisis

In 1984, KPS Gill was transferred to Punjab, where a violent movement for a separate Sikh state of Khalistan had erupted. The movement was led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a radical preacher who had occupied the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar. The Indian Army launched Operation Blue Star to flush out Bhindranwale and his followers from the temple. The operation resulted in heavy casualties on both sides and also damaged the sanctity of the holy shrine. This provoked widespread anger and resentment among the Sikhs, who felt betrayed by the central government.

The situation worsened when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on 31 October 1984. This triggered anti-Sikh riots across India, especially in Delhi, where thousands of Sikhs were killed by mobs. The riots further alienated the Sikhs from the mainstream and boosted the morale of the militants. The militants intensified their attacks on security forces, politicians, journalists, businessmen, and civilians. They also targeted Hindus and other minorities in Punjab to create communal disharmony.

KPS Gill was appointed as the Inspector General (IG) of Police in Punjab in 1988. He took charge of the counter-insurgency operations against the militants with full authority and autonomy. He adopted a multi-pronged strategy that involved:

  • Using human intelligence to identify and locate the militants and their hideouts.

  • Conducting swift and surgical strikes to eliminate or capture the militants.

  • Isolating and neutralizing the political and financial supporters of the militants.

  • Winning over the hearts and minds of the people by providing them security and development.

  • Reforming and motivating the police force to act with professionalism and courage.

He also forged a close partnership with Beant Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, who gave him full political backing and support. Together, they formed a formidable team that broke the backbone of the militancy and restored normalcy in Punjab. They also faced several threats and challenges, such as the assassination attempt on Beant Singh in 1991, the abduction of the Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu by the militants in 1992, and the allegations of human rights violations by some of the police officers.

By 1993, KPS Gill had succeeded in wiping out most of the militant groups and their leaders, such as Sukhdev Singh Babbar, Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, and Paramjit Singh Panjwar. He also persuaded many of the militants to surrender and join the mainstream. He was promoted to the rank of Director General (DG) of Police in Punjab in 1994. He retired from service in 1995, after having served for 37 years.

Later Life and Legacy

After his retirement, KPS Gill continued to be active in public life. He served as the security advisor to the governments of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Jammu and Kashmir. He also founded the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), a think tank that studies and analyzes various conflicts and security issues in India and South Asia. He wrote several books and articles on topics such as terrorism, counter-terrorism, policing, governance, and human rights. He also participated in various seminars and conferences on these issues.

He was widely respected and admired by his colleagues, subordinates, peers, and admirers. He was also criticized and condemned by his detractors, opponents, and critics. He faced several controversies and scandals in his career, such as the Rupan Deol Bajaj molestation case in 1988, the Jaswant Singh Khalra disappearance case in 1995, and the sexual harassment case filed by a female IAS officer in 2006. He defended himself against these charges and maintained his innocence.

He died on 26 May 2017 in New Delhi due to cardiac arrest. He was cremated with full state honors at Lodhi Road crematorium. He was survived by his wife Heminder Kaur Gill and his son Simranjit Singh Gill. His death was mourned by many people across India and abroad. He was hailed as a national hero who saved Punjab from secession and terrorism. He was also remembered as a visionary leader who transformed the Indian police into a modern and professional force.

KPS Gill: The Paramount Cop is a book that pays tribute to this legendary officer and his remarkable achievements. It is written by Rahul Chandan, a journalist and author who has covered various aspects of Gill's life and career. The book is based on extensive research and interviews with Gill himself, his family members, his colleagues, his friends, his foes, and his admirers. The book provides a comprehensive and balanced account of Gill's personality, his philosophy, his strategies, and his controversies. It also explores his legacy and his relevance for the present and future generations.

The book is available in paperback format from Maple Press Pvt. Limited. It has 244 pages and an ISBN of 9789350335604. It can be purchased online from various platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc.


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