Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, former Director General of Police (DGP) for the state of Punjab, passed away on 26 May 2017 in New Delhi. He was 82.
Gill, one of India’s most celebrated cops, was popularly known as the ‘Lion of Punjab’ and ‘Super Cop’.
About Kanwar Pal Singh Gill
• Born in 1934 or 1935, Kanwar Pal Singh Gill is credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control. However, he and the forces under his command had also been accused of human rights violations "in the name of stamping out terrorism."
• He was the Director General of Police for two tenures, from 1988 to 1990 and 1991 to 1995. He retired from the Indian Police Service in 1995.
• In May 1988, during Operation Black Thunder, he truly grabbed national and international attention. Without censoring out the media, he carried out the 1988 operation, with very little damages to the Golden Temple, while causing heavy casualties to the militants.
• He was also an author, editor, speaker, consultant on counter-terrorism.
• He also served as the President of the Institute for Conflict Management and president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).
• In 1989, he was honoured with a Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, for his work in the civil service.
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