Neeraj Kumar (born 4 July 1953) is a retired police officer, the former Commissioner of Delhi Police and is at present working as an advisor to the BCCI anticorruption unit(ACU). Kumar joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1976 as part of the AGMUT (ArunachalGoa-Mizoram and other Union Territories) cadre.
After joining the IPS, Kumar served in Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa. He started his career as the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Chanankya Puri areas of New Delhi in 1979. Next, he served in Arunachal Pradesh as the Superintendent of Police (Bomdila). He was summoned to Delhi in 1982 to make police arrangements for the Asian Games, for which he received several recommendations. Subsequently, in his tenure as a traffic police officer, he introduced several innovations including Pre-Paid taxi service at the Airport (operational till date), free eye camps for truck drivers, introduction of micro-processor based traffic signals etc. As the DCP/South he cracked the serial crimes being committed by a criminal tribe wherein victims were being bludgeoned to death and looted thereafter.
In 1992 as the DCP/Crime he unearthed the massive multi crore racket in state run lotteries. In 1993 Kumar was promoted to the rank of Deputy General of Police after which he was on deputation with the Central Bureau of Investigation till 2002. As the Director General (Prisons) he introduced measures such as “Padho aur Padhao” and “Sparsh” for the welfare of jail inmates. He retired from office in 2013.
Kumar was born on 4th July 1953 to Shri Bishwanath Sahay and Smt. Lata Sahay in the city of Patna, Bihar. He completed his his High Schooling from the Sainik School, Tilaiya. In 1973, he pursued his graduation at the St. Stephens College, New Delhi and went on to further pursue his post-graduation. He received a degree in Msc in 1975 from the St. Stephens College, following which he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS).
Indian Police Service Career
Kumar joined the Indian Police Service in 1976 as part of the AGMUT (Arunachal-Goa-Mizoram and other Union Territories) cadre. After the completion of his probation, he was first posted as the Assistant Commissioner of Police at Chanakya Puri, New Delhi. He served there for a year from 1979 to 1980. He was then posted as the Superintendent of Police at Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh for next two years, 1980 to 1982.
He was summoned back to Delhi in 1982 for police arrangements to be made for the Asian Games, for which he received several commendations. He was later closely associated with the security arrangements during the Non-Aligned Summit 1983, followed by the Commonwealth Heads of Govt. (CHOGM) Meet. From 1982 to 1993 he served in the Delhi Police in various important assignments viz. Dy. Commissioner of Police/Traffic, Dy. Commissioner of Police/South and Dy. Commissioner of Police/Crime etc. His role in handling the 1984 riots was praised by various Commissions of Enquiry appointed by the Government to probe the role of the police during the riots. During his tenure in Traffic Police, he introduced several innovations including the Pre-Paid Taxi service at the Airport (operational till date), free eye check-up camps for truck drivers, introduction of micro-processor based traffic signals etc.
As DCP/South, he is remembered as a people friendly DCP, who cracked the serial crimes being committed by members of an erstwhile criminal tribe in which citizens were being bludgeoned to death in their sleep, and, thereafter, looted. Ever since then the city has remained free of such crimes. His role in containing the rioters during the Mandal agitation in South Delhi was widely acknowledged and appreciated. As DCP/Crime he cracked the massive multi crore racket in state run lotteries in 1992. He wrote a monograph titled ‘A Matter of Chance’ bringing to light therein the various modus operandi being adopted by the scamsters. The document was presented before the Supreme Court by the MHA which led to the banning of lotteries in the country.
He was promoted soon after to the post of the Director General of Police, Goa, where he launched a sustained campaign against illegal immigrants, drug mafia and the Russian mafia indulging in land grabbing, human trafficking etc. He masterminded the arrest of Tariq Ahmed Batlo, a Pakistan trained Kashmiri terrorist, who was tasked with an assignment to cause Bali like bombings in Goa. Serious terror incidents were prevented in the holiday haven as a result of this arrest.
On his return to Delhi Police on transfer, as Special Commissioner of Police, he was responsible for the entire planning and execution of the police and security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games 2010, which have been widely appreciated. As Director General (Prisons) where, besides toning up the jail administration, he has introduced several innovative measures like a literacy programme called “Padho aur Padhao”, in collaboration with the National Literacy Mission Authority, which has brought down illiteracy substantially; campus placement for reformed prisoners in which nearly four hundred inmates have been given jobs. He has also started a semi-open jail in Delhi. His latest initiative is “Sparsh”, a scheme for the welfare of nearly 2,500 inmates who do not get any visitors.
On 30th June 2012 (A.N.) he took over as commissioner of police Delhi from Sh. B.K.Gupta. Foreign Training/ Assignments He went to Tokyo (Japan) for three weeks in 1985 for a training programme on Traffic Police Management and attended a course on Post Blast Investigations organized by the FBI at Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1997.
He represented the country in the deliberations to elaborate the UN Convention on Trans-national Organized Crime in Vienna, Austria. He was handpicked to be the Conference Secretary when the World Interpol Conference took place in New Delhi in October 2007. He has visited U.S.A., U.K, Germany, Australia, Israel, France, Japan, U.A.E, and various other countries for conferences, investigations and training programmes.
In February, 2012 he was invited by the U.K. Government to share his experiences of organizing the security arrangements during Commonwealth Games 2010 for the benefit of the U.K. Police. On 30 June 2012 (A.N.) he took over as Commissioner of Police, Delhi from Sh. B.K.Gupta. During his tenure as the DCP, Kumar and his police force exposed the scam of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League of cricket.
In the many years of his service, he unearthed a variety of cases involving terrorism, organized crime, economic offences and corruption. He has been an integral part of the niche for combating terrorism and crime as part of the Indian Police Services.