KPS Gill, who defeated militancy in Punjab, dies at 82

RSTV Bureau
File photo of former Punjab DGP KPS Gill who passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday. He was 82.

File photo of former Punjab DGP KPS Gill who passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday. He was 82.

Super cop K P S Gill, often credited with rooting out militancy in Punjab, died in a hospital here today. He was 82.

Gill breathed his last at 2:55 PM at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab was admitted to the hospital on May 18 under the care of Dr D S Rana, head of the department of nephrology.

“He was suffering from end stage kidney failure and significant ischemic heart disease. Gill had been recovering from peritonitis but died of a sudden cardiac arrest caused by cardiac arrhythmia,” Dr Rana said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the demise of super cop K P S Gill, saying he will be remembered for his service to the nation in the fields of policing and security.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today condoled the death of former state DGP K P S Gill, recalling his “invaluable contribution to bringing peace back to the state from the grip of militancy”.

An IPS officer, Gill was the chief of Punjab Police from 1988 to 1990 and then again from 1991 until his retirement from service in 1995.

He is credited with breaking the backbone of Khalistani terrorism in Punjab and finally eliminating it.

Earlier, a major feather was added to his crown when he commanded ‘Operation Black Thunder’ in May 1988 to flush out militants hiding in the Golden Temple.

The operation was hugely successful as little damage was caused to the holiest shrine of Sikhs, compared to ‘Operation Blue Star’ in 1984 carried out by the Army.

In the Operation Black Thunder, around 67 Sikhs surrendered and 43 were killed.

In his condolence message, the chief minister said Gill’s role in restoring peace and stability to Punjab cannot be undermined or forgotten.

“He continues to be emulated by the police and security personnel around the country, as an example of how the most complex of problems can be resolved with grit and determination,” Singh said.