Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar of Chandigarh Police died of a heart attack. He was posted as Sub-Divisional Officer of East division and was rushed to Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) after he complained of chest pain while playing golf.
He breathed his last at the Advance Cardiac Center of PGI. Kumar, 56, was one of the most decorated officers of the Chandigarh Police. He was preparing for his son’s wedding scheduled for mid-February.
The DSP was playing golf with another DSP B S Chadha and some other friends at the Chandigarh Golf club. Around 8 am, he complained of chest pain and was rushed to a private doctor who referred him to PGI.
Kumar himself phoned the doctors. Meanwhile, His eldest son, Rahul rushed to PGI and called DSP Satbir Singh for help. The doctors detected a blocked artery and started angioplasty. However, the DSP collapsed while the doctors started the treatment.
Kumar had undergone a by-pass surgery about a decade ago. “Rahul called me and said his father has been admitted to PGI. I called DSP Jagbir Singh and left for the hospital. By the time I could make the arrangements for Vijay at the hospital, I again received a call from Rahul around 10 saying that Kumar was no more,” said DSP Satbir Singh, DSP Kumar’s close friend and colleagues.
DSP Satbir added that DSP Kumar was full conscious when he was being operated upon for the blocked artery by PGI doctors. “DSP Satbir called me around 10 am. I immediately rushed to the hospital only to hear that Vijay has passed away,” said DSP Jagbir. Kumar is survived by his mother, wife, three sons and a daughter.
His body was shifted to the PGI mortuary. Kumar will be cremated on Thursday at 12 noon in Sector 25. Known as one of the most efficient police officers of Chandigarh Police, DSP Vijay Kumar joined the Chandigarh Police as an assistant sub-inspector on July 24, 1979. He was promoted to the rank of sub-inspector on September 4, 1984, then to the post of inspector on May 1, 1989 and DSP on December 1, 2007.
The DSP’s retirement on superannuation was due on September 30, 2015. With an unblemished service record, Vijay Kumar served as a Station House Officer in various police stations as well as in-charge in various units. He also served as DSP Operation and Training, Police Control Room, Traffic and Security, Sub-Division-South and Sub-Division-East.
During his service with the Chandigarh Police, DSP Vijay Kumar cracked many high profile cases including the murder of five-year-old Khushpreet and the murder of an IAS officer’s son. “He was a part of the investigating teams probing the assassination of former Chief Minister Punjab of Beant Singh, the Burail Jail break case and many other cases during the terrorism in Chandigarh,” said DSP Jagbir Singh.
A decorated officer, Vijay Kumar received many awards. He was rewarded for his meritorious service by the UT Administrator on Republic Day in 2002, Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 1997, the Administrator’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 2004, the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion of Independence Day, 2009 and the Administrator’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 2013.