New Delhi: Tihar Jail Director General B K
Gupta will take over as the new Commissioner of Delhi Police
Wednesday as incumbent Y S Dadwal is moving to Sashastra Seema
Bal (SSB) as its chief.
Dadwal, a 1974-batch officer, is taking charge as the
Director General of SSB after a stint of over three years as
the City Police Commissioner during which he was credited for
the foolproof security arrangements during Commonwealth Games.
Both Dadwal and Gupta, 58, a 1975-batch officer, were
given farewell by senior officials of Delhi Police and Tihar
Dadwal, 59, took over as Delhi Police chief pipping
Kiran Bedi, the first woman IPS officer.
"Of course, the successful conduct of the Commonwealth
Games on security perspective is the most memorable event
during my tenure as Commissioner. It is not my achievement but
that of the force," Dadwal told reporters.
Asked about his new responsibility, he said he has to
"study first" and only then he could give comments on his
assignment for the paramilitary force which is the guarding
force and lead intelligence agency for Indo-Nepal border and
assigned the task of guarding the 1,751 km long frontier.
One regret Dadwal carries along with him is that he could
not ensure the solving of a number of cases, including that of
the suspected terror attack at Jama Masjid ahead of the Games.
"A policeman will never be satisfied if one case remain
unsolved. In that sense I can never be satisfied...I wish the
Jama Masjid case would have been solved (during my tenure),"
On how he managed not to get into controversies despite
handling the sensitive post of capital`s police chief, he said
he tackled problems and issues "upfront, in a transparent way
and that head on head approach helped".
Asked whether he faced political pressure while
functioning his duty, Dadwal his answer was emphatic: "No,
absolutely not all."
In a lighter vein later, he said he may write an
autobiography after his retirement. To a journalist`s query
what he plays as sport, his answer was golf.
Gupta, as Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Crime
Branch) during 2003-04, has to his credit a record seizure of
contraband drugs, and exposure of several white collar crimes,
including unearthing of the Telgi counterfeit stamp scandal.
He was transferred to Tihar Jails in 2006.
It was under Gupta`s leadership that Asia`s largest
prison achieved ISO 9001: 2000 certification for several
The initiatives included visitor management system,
reformative and rehabilitative activities including the first
time offender ward, management of drug de-addiction centre and
an effective HIV prevention programme with special focus on
He also launched the opium substitution treatment
programme for drug users in collaboration with United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and AIIMS.