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Ex-Delhi police chief, who handled Batla House case, passes away at 70

A 1974 batch IPS officer, Dadwal had joined the Delhi Police as an additional deputy commissioner. He became the Delhi Police commissioner in 2007 and was transferred to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as its Director General in 2010.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 24, 2021 5:08:22 am
Former Delhi Police commissioner YS Dadwal receives a farewell parade from the Delhi Police *** Local Caption *** Outgoing Police commissioner YS Dadwal (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

Former Delhi Police commissioner Yudhbir Singh Dadwal (70) died on Wednesday night at his Chattarpur home due to age-related illnesses, said police officials Thursday.

A 1974 batch IPS officer, Dadwal had joined the Delhi Police as an additional deputy commissioner. He became the Delhi Police commissioner in 2007 and was transferred to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as its Director General in 2010.

During his tenure with the Delhi Police, he was known for handling cases like the Batla House encounter in 2008 and maintaining high-level security in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games in 2010. He ensured that there was a “heavy decline” in crimes, said an officer. In 2011, he retired from the force.

On Thursday, his son Pranayvir Singh Dadwal released a statement: “With profound grief and sorrow, I regret to announce the demise of my revered father. May the Almighty grant him eternal peace…”

Delhi Police Spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal said Dadwal died after a prolonged illness. “He served the Delhi Police as the Commissioner from July 2007 to November 2010. Before this, he was also posted as the Joint CP in New Delhi Range, Armed Police and Provisions & Logistics and in Intelligence & Operations and Administration units in the Delhi Police,” said Biswal.

“The Delhi Police remembers Dadwal for his exemplary leadership in building the morale of the force and impactful systemic changes in the organisation. Under his leadership, the Delhi Police won accolades for facilitating a flawless and incident-free Delhi Commonwealth Games,” he added.

Dadwal worked in several states as the police chief in his long career of 37 years. He served in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu, and Chandigarh. In Arunachal Pradesh, he was appointed as the advisor to the governor.

He was also awarded the President’s police medal for distinguished service and a medal for meritorious services.

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