IPS officer Abhinash Kumar needs no introduction in Nagpur. Kumar, who basically hails from Patna and is a mechanical engineer from IIT Kanpur, worked as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Zone V until a few days back. He has now been transferred to Amravati as SP rural. During his more than four year long stint in Nagpur, he served as the DCP of different zones in the city leaving his mark in every zone he worked in. Be it raiding a gambling den in a plush hotel in Zone I (in Ramdaspeth) or coming down heavily on prostitution prevailing in Nagpur’s red light area Ganga Jamuna in Zone III, DCP Abhinash Kumar was always in news for his strict action against illegal activities. His strictness earned him the tag ‘The Singham of Nagpur,’ a tag which he says he’s unaware of. Before getting relocated from Nagpur, Abhinash Kumar in an interview with Nation Next, spoke about his inspiration behind pursing civil services, his passion for policing and his stint in Nagpur.
What inspired you to become an IPS officer?
In any job, it is very important that you derive satisfaction. A police officer spends at least 12-14 hours a day in policing. The unique thing about policing in comparison with all other services is that it gives one a chance to solve the problems of the people directly. Be it any problem, a person approaches the police with a hope to get the problem solved. He doesn’t know whether the problem concerns the police or not but he has an expectation from the police. Policing gives you a chance to interact with the people directly and solve their problems. That’s just a kick in your life. That inspired me to become an IPS officer.
You’re a very tough police officer and known for providing instant solutions. While goons dread you big time, citizens are scared you as well…
Is it so? If you visit any of my police stations where I worked as a DCP in Nagpur, you’ll find my personal mobile number long with ACP’s number listed for the people. It was done so that the people could call or whatsapp me with any information. I don’t know how this perception has been created. It’s good that you have pointed it out. I will try my level best to narrow the bridge between me and the people.
You’re a hands on police officer. There are only 24 hours a day. How do get so much time to follow this passion of policing?
It’s my job! In spite of all the negative criticism that comes with policing, keeping in mind the kind of environment my men work in, one must give a thumbs up for all my men right from the constable to the PI . They work more than I do. Let me give you an example. Sometime back a noise pollution act was passed in which responsibilities were fixed for various departments. As per the act, concerned authorities were responsible for enforcing the noise pollution standards and take action in case nuisance is being caused to the patient by noise. The police is responsible for the investigation. Finally, every department gave up the responsibility saying that they won’t be able to do it as they don’t work 24*7. They said that the responsibility should be shifted to the police. Even for conducting a normal 12th class exam, the police is needed. This shows that other departments are always dependent on the police, which creates an extra burden on us. People in those departments enjoy all their holidays but a policeman doesn’t. Whether it is festival or a major police bandobast, my policemen are always on guard. What I mean to say is: For the kind of environment in which my men work, for the kind of responsibility which has been given to police, everybody should give a thumbs up to them.
Your passion for policing emanates discipline and strictness in your policing. Have you faced any problems at times because of this strict approach? There is a perception that the more strict you are with the goons, there is a possibility of your transfer? Have you faced that kind of a problem?
Not at all. In fact, I spent more than four years in Nagpur.
There were reports that DCP Masirkar was transferred to a different zone because she came down heavily on the Dabba Trade scam…
That’s the problem with the media these days. When there is no masala, they try to put that masala and make a story out of nothing! Had she been transferred because of the case, would she have been supervising the case in spite of being in-charge of Zone I?
Prior to being transferred to Nagpur, you also had a stint in Wardha, which is a dry state. Policing is very difficult in a dry state. What kind of problems did you face? Is it a distraction from regular policing?
Each place requires a different kind of policing. To say that it creates an extra burden will be wrong. It’s the job of the police. If you see from Tax Payer’s or Government’s perspective, the government cannot put up a department and infrastructure like the police for a specific purpose as that will require a lot of resources. Maharashtra Police itself has almost 3,00,000 policemen. Imagine the kind of burden it will put on the government and the tax payer if a department like the police is established. Finally, it boils down to the fact that we are a developing nation and development and upliftment of poor is very important.
There are reports that you get so much agitated with goons or anti social elements that you have gotten into physicality with them. Is it true or is it just a perception?
There’s nothing like that. I always perform my duties within the limits of the law.
You were in Nagpur for quite some time. Did you make any friends in Nagpur? What kind of social life do you lead?
Yes, definitely, I have friends in Nagpur. Being a public servant, it really matters as to where do I interact and with whom I interact. For example: I’ll definitely attend a private function if that’s in my personal capacity but I cannot be there for the inauguration of a car showroom! I have always maintained that kind of a difference.