Man behind country’s first police website, SPG chief Arun Kumar Sinha dies

Special Protection Group (SPG) Director and Kerala-cadre IPS officer Arun Kumar Sinha, 61, who died in Gurgaon on Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer, had heralded modernisation in the Kerala Police and launched several initiatives during his stint with the BSF.

Sinha was made SPG Director in 2016. On May 30, this year, a day before his retirement, the term of the 1987-batch officer was extended for another year.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed condolences on Sinha’s demise, saying he was an efficient officer who had executed many responsibilities in the state police.

Sinha, who hailed from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, began his career as assistant superintendent of police at Mananthavady in Kerala’s Wayanad in 1989. Later, he was posted as SP in various sensitive districts and also served as the Commissioner of Police in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. He had been IG for South Zone and the Police Administration at the headquarters. Sinha had been credited with successfully heading various crime investigation teams and solved many cases.

A science graduate, Sinha had introduced the famous “Crime Stopper System (1090)” in Kerala Police that was later implemented in other states. He established the computer network in Kerala Police and created the country’s first ever police website. He was also behind establishing the first cyber police station and the coastal police unit in Kerala. He also worked extensively in community policing.

In 2009, he moved to the central deputation and headed BSF’s Gujarat Frontier for five years. Under his leadership, the BSF gained access to once inaccessible Harami Nala area and established posts there due to which intrusion of Pak nationals in the area was restricted. He created the Amphibious Commando Team known as Creek Crocodile to conduct specialised operations in the creek area. Under his guidance, the first Marine Battalion of BSF was raised in BSF’s Bhuj Sector.

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In SPG, Sinha fine-tuned all close protection drills and introduced numerous specialised training apparatus/programmes to strengthen professional acumen of the SPG officers. Under his guidance, the SPG constructed a state-of-the-art residential complex for its personnel.

“Sinha learnt new things and used technology to improve policing. He changed the functioning of the police wherever he was posted,” said former DGP Rishiraj Singh.

Former Kerala DGP Jacob Punnoose said Sinha played a crucial role in development of the BSF frontier in Gujarat. “Sinha was a silent officer and maintained good relations with all officers,” Punnoose said.