Neeraj Kumar takes over as new Delhi Police Commissioner

Neeraj Kumar, a 1976 Batch IPS Officer took over as  next chief of  Delhi Police. He succeeded B K Gupta, who was Police Chief since November 2010.

He is from the AGMUT (Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram, and other Union Territories) cadre.

Outgoing police chief, B.K. Gupta, also from the same cadre, had taken charge from Y.S. Dadwal in November 2010 after the Commonwealth Games.

On the Farewell Occasion , Outgoing Delhi Police commissioner B.K. Gupta said he was “satisfied with his tenure” as police chief and urged Delhiites to have consideration for the police as they work in tiring conditions to keep the city safe.

Gupta also said that the denizens of the city should be more considerate towards the police personnel who work in tiring conditions.

The outgoing police chief added that it was due to the hardworking police constabulary that the city had better law and order situation compared to other places.

“Standing under the sun at 45 degrees for hours is a tough job… People should respect police,” Gupta told reporters here.

Terrorism is the biggest challenge for Delhi Police, said new Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar Saturday and stressed on the need for better rapport between the police and public.

“Terrorism is number one challenge for Delhi Police and the arrest of Abu Jindal does not mean that terror strikes in the capital would end. It is a dynamic situation,” Kumar said.

“Our proximity and interface with public should improve but I am not saying it is poor. A better rapport is needed,” he added.

Here is a short Biography / Profile of the next Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar

Neeraj Kumar previously was  the director general of Delhi prisons. Before joining the prisons department, Kumar was posted as Special Commissioner of Police (headquarters), Delhi Police, and was in charge of overall security arrangement for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In February 2012, he was invited by the British government to share his experience of the CWG arrangement for the benefit of the British police who have to ensure security for the 2012 London Olympics.

Kumar joined Delhi Police as probationer after completing his graduation and post-graduation from St Stephen’s College in 1973 and 1975 respectively. He first served as assistant commissioner of police for Chanakyapuri in 1979.

Kumar also had a long stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), where he led the investigations in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

He headed the special cell of Delhi Police as joint commissioner in 2002.  Kumar had received the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1992 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1999.

Kumar’s role in handling the 1984 riots was praised by various inquiry commissions appointed by the government to probe the role of the police during the fours days of violence.

During his tenure in Traffic Police, he introduced several innovations like Pre-Paid Taxi Service at the airport (operational till date), free eye camp for truck drivers, and micro-processor based traffic signals.

In 1992, he unearthed a state-run multi-crore lotteries scam and wrote a monograph titled ‘A Matter of Chance’. The government produced the document in the Supreme Court, which led to the banning of lotteries in the country.

During his tenure as CBI chief, the serial train blast cases of 1994, which occurred on the first anniversary of Babri Maszid demolition, were cracked.

His tenure in the investigative agency is also highlighted by the solving of the Meenakshi Amman Temple blast case of Madurai, the arrest and deportation of American Center attack mastermind Aftab Ansari from Dubai.

His tenure also saw the arrest of an accused in the assassination of the then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.

During his current tenure as a Director General (Prisons) more that four hundred inmates have been given jobs. He has also started a semi-open jail in Delhi. His latest initiative is ‘Sparsh’, a scheme for the welfare of nearly 2,500 inmates who do not get any visitors.