Former DGP Punjab, K.P.S. Gill died in a hospital in New Delhi on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, also known as Supercop, was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi on May 18. He breathed his last at 2:55 pm.
"He had been recovering from Peritonitis but died of sudden cardiac arrest due to cardiac arrhythmia," said Dr DS Rana, Chairman, Department of Nephrology and Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Gill, a 1957-batch Assam-cadre IPS officer, had served as DGP of Punjab from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1991 till his retirement in 1995. He is blamed for massacre of thousands of innocent Sikh youths in Punjab as he had allowed the Punjab police officers to freely abduct and kill Sikh youths in fake encounters.
Besides killing the innocent Sikh youths in fake encounters, Gill is also notorious for his corruptive approach in his duties. He was convicted for sexual harassment at a party in 1988. After allegations of corruption within the IHF in 2008, the Indian Olympic Association suspended the IHF indefinitely.
The outspoken police officer was a recipient of the Padma Shri award in 1989 for his contribution in the civil service.
Gill is credited with rooting out pro-Khalistan uprising in Punjab during the eighties. In 1988, Gill commanded the Operation Black Thunder to flush out militants hiding in the Golden Temple.
He had retired from the Indian Police Service in 1995 but was often called to help state governments control difficult situations. As Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002, Narendra Modi had appointed him as security adviser in 2002 to end the post-Godhra riots in the state and restore confidence in the administration. Many years later, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also leaned on KPS Gill's experience to control the expansion of Maoists in the state. Gill was also approached by Sri Lankan government in 2000 to device a counter-terrorism strategy against the LTTE.