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K. P. S. Gill
Dec- 29, 1934 - May 26, 2017

K P S Gill

K.P.S. Gill led the successful campaign against fundamentalist terrorism in Punjab as the Director General of Police of that State.

On joining the Indian Police Service, he was allotted to the Assam Cadre where, from 1958 to 1983, he handled, with notable success, a range of difficult assignments including law and order management during the periods of extended political strife and the emergence of terrorism in that State.

In the 1980s, when Punjab began to emerge as the most serious threat to national integrity since Independence, he was specially inducted into the State as Inspecter General of Police [Operations] and later elevated to the ranks of Additional Director General of Police, and eventually Director General of Police [DGP]. Within days of taking over as DGP, he mounted ‘Operation Black Thunder’, a critical success in the war against terrorism. In two tenures as DGP Punjab, [May 1988 – December 1990 & November 1991 - December 1995], he led one of the most successful counter-terrorist operations in the history of world terrorism, bringing Punjab from the verge of disintegration to complete normalcy. It was the Punjab Police that spearheaded anti-terrorist operations in the state in a campaign marked by radical strategic innovations.

Since his retirement from the Indian Police Service in December 1995, he held, among others the following positions:

President, Institute for Conflict Management, and Editor, FAULTLINES: WRITINGS IN CONFLICT & RESOLUTION.

Member of the North-East Study Group of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Member of the National Security Advisory Board [NSAB] constituted by the Government of India for the period December 1998 – December 1999, to define the country’s strategic perspectives and policy options on defence and internal security.

Security Adviser to the Chief Minister of Gujarat between May 2002 - July 2002.

Adviser to the Government of Chhattisgarh on Naxalite matters, April 2006-April 2007.

K.P.S. Gill writes extensively on politics, the economy, and governance, with a special focus on internal security and terrorism. He is the author of Knights of Falsehood (1997), and has co-edited (with Dr. Ajai Sahni) Terror & Containment: Perspectives on India’s Internal Security (2001); and The Global Threat of Terror: Ideological, Material and Political Linkages (2002).






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