Super cop KPS Gill who derailed militancy in Punjab, passes away

New Delhi: Super cop KPS Gill, who bravely fought insurgency in Punjab, breathed his last on Friday. He was 82. On May 18, he was hospitalised at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital under the the care of Dr DS Rana, head of the department of nephrology.
The former director general of police (DGP) of Punjab and Assam 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences, saying Gill will be remembered for his service to the nation in the fields of policing and security. An IPS officer, he was the chief of Punjab Police from 1988 to 1990 and then again from 1991 until his retirement from service in 1995. He was called the super cop for the dynamic services he rendered.
He was also conferred with Padma Shri in 1989. He is credited with crushing the Khalistani terrorism in Punjab.
He is greatly remembered to have commanded ‘Operation Black Thunder’ in May 1988.
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.

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