Gujarat Director General of Police Amitabh Pathak died of a massive heart attack on Friday,while holidaying with his family at Phi Phi beach resort island in southern Thailand.
Pathak,58,died while he was swimming,officials of the Indian Embassy in Bangkok told PTI.
He is survived by his widow,a son and a daughter.
Pathaks body was sent to Krabi town,40 km from Phi Phi island. Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa said the mission is extending all assistance to Pathaks family.
Last week,Pathak had collapsed during Chief Minister Narendra Modis address at the Independence Day function in Bhuj. He was lifted by policemen present and sent to his residence in Ahmedabad. Sources close to him said that he was on vacation till September 3.
Pathaks death came as a shock for IPS officers here; some couldnt believe that he was no more until the state government issued an internal note about his demise.
The CM tweeted,In Amitabh Pathak,Gujarat has lost a dedicated officer. The state will always remember his services. Spoke to his son and offered condolences.
In-charge DGP Pramod Kumar confirmed the news on Friday evening.
Pathak,an IPS officer of the 1977 batch,was appointed as Director General of Police on February 27,taking over from former DGP Chitranjan Singh. He had received the Presidents medal for distinguished services this Independence Day. He had recently visited former ADGP P P Pandey in Sabarmati Central Jail along with two other officers.
After he took up the DGs post,Pathak had pledged to work on police reforms and betterment of lower constabulary. He was one of the few DGPs who called media briefings to discuss agendas and pushed for appointment of public relation officers in every commissionarate and district police.
Pathak held only a few executive postings,the last one being that of Ahmedabad Police Commissioner in 2010. During his tenure as the Ahmedabad CP,Pathak had taken action against the crime branch asking for a report against five inspectors Tarun Barot,K K Patel,J M Yadav,J D Purohit and M D Chaudhary. He had ordered the DCB to probe 18 complaints against encounter cop Barot.
After his promotion to DGP rank last year,he was appointed the Director of Anti Corruption Bureau.
The state government,in a surprise move,made Pathak DG & IG of Police when he was with the ACB. Pathak continued to handle additional charge of the ACB in the absence of an appointment there.
His subordinates considered him as one of the most soft-spoken officers who was sensitive towards them.
Pathak was due to retire in 2015. A native of Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh,he was a post graduate in science. The state government has taken the responsibility of bringing his body back to Gujarat by Saturday.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia and Congress Legislature Party leader Shankersinh Vaghela have expressed their condolences over the demise of Pathak.