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Former Punjab DGP and ''Supercop'' KPS Gill dies of cardiac arrest

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New Delhi | Friday, May 26 2017 IST
Former Director General of Police of Punjab, KPS Gill, known as the ''Supercop'' for his role in having brought the Punjab insurgency under control, died at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here this afternoon due to cardiac arrest, hospital officials said.

He was 82.

Mr Gill, who was admitted to the hospital on May 18, following kidney failure passed away at 0255 hrs at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the hospital said.

"Mr KPS Gill, former Director General of Police (DGP) for the State of Punjab expired today, 26th May 2017, at 0255 pm at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH)."

Mr Gill was admitted on 18th May 2017 under the care of Dr DS Rana, Chairman, Department of Nephrology and Board of Management.

According to Dr DS Rana, " Mr KPS Gill was suffering from End Stage Kidney Failure and significant Ischemic Heart Disease. He had been recovering from Peritonitis but died of sudden cardiac arrest due to cardiac arrhythmia."

Mr Gill served twice as DGP of Punjab, where he was credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control.

He was called a "supercop", for his work in Punjab, where he was the DGP from 1988 to 1990 and then again from 1991 until his retirement from the Indian Police Service in 1995.

He received the country''s fourth-highest civilian honour Padma Shri in 1989 for his work in the civil services.

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

He was also the editor of the quarterly journal of the ICM, Faultlines: Writings on Conflict and Resolution and also an author of the ICM website, South Asia Terrorism Portal.

While many saw him as a hero, there were accusations that he and the forces under his command were responsible for human rights violations "in the name of stamping out terrorism."UNI RBE-AR SNU 1659

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0092-909597.Xml

 
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