Assam’s new Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia’s elevation has given the residents of the state plenty of reason to celebrate.
A Fulbright scholar in community leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, winner of several literary awards including the Sahitya Akademi award, and the recipient of a doctorate in crime and development from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati Kuladhar brings to the job a unique perspective.
Kuladhar was among five senior IPS officers who were in contention for the DGP’s post after Mr Sahay’s retirement on April 30.
He has been closely involved in various anti-terror operations, including Operation Bajrang and Operation Rhino against the United Liberation Front of Asom in the 1990s. Most of the officers who have worked with him recollect the humane side he brings to the job.
Born in 1959, Kuladhar completed his Post Graduation from Delhi School of Economics after which he took to teaching Economics at the Hindu College, Delhi University.
In his years of duty, he has served as an officer in the Indian Economic Service in Planning Commission, New Delhi and also as Indian Railway Traffic Service officer for a short while before joining the Indian Police Service in 1985.
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A project called “Project Prahari”- a community development and policing project launched in August 2001 got him many accolades and appreciation. He started this to fight against social prejudices, economic isolation, and militancy in remote tribal villages.
He was awarded the President’s police medal twice for his outstanding contribution to policing.
As a police head of the Guwahati city he had introduced, in July 1996, a model of community policing through the formation of people’s committees termed as Nagarik Samities.
Here’s wishing that all his years of varied experiences help him manage the state better.
With inputs from Nenow
(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)