It feels like home every time I visit city: Next IG

Rajender Pal Upadhyaya

In 47-year-old Rajender Pal Upadhyaya, a 1991 batch IPS officer of the AGMU cadre, the City Beautiful is all set to get an Inspector General who has not just won accolades for handling difficult situations but who also feels at "home" in Chandigarh.

Upadhyaya was awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry for exemplary show of courage and leadership qualities during a riot that broke out after a bridge collapsed in Daman in 2003. Suffering injuries himself, he was able to control the riot with the use of minimum force. He was posted as Deputy Inspector General in Daman at that time.

On August 29, 2003, Daman-Ganga River Bridge had collapsed in Daman causing the death of 30 people, including 28 schoolchildren. A day after the collapse, riots broke out in Daman.

He was also awarded a Police Medal by the Delhi Police in the year 2008.

"It feels like home every time I visit Chandigarh. I have been visiting Chandigarh on many occasions, mostly when I go to Shimla," Upadhyaya, currently posted as Additional Director in the Enforcement Directorate, told Chandigarh Newsline.

Born and brought up in Delhi, Upadhyaya has done MPhil in Botany from Delhi University and MBA in Disaster Management from Indraprastha University, Delhi. He has served at many positions in the Delhi Police, including vigilance and security wings.

Belonging to the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram (AGMU) cadre, he had served in two other Union Territories, Arunachal Pradesh (in Tirap and East Kameng districts) and Daman from 2003 to 2005.

Asked about his joining date in Chandigarh, he said, "Since I am on Central deputation, the relieving process will take about 10 days. Maybe by the last week of December, I will be in Chandigarh."

He added that he was looking forward to joining the UT police as its chief.

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