Kanwar Pal Singh Gill alias KPS Gill, was an IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre of the 1958 batch. He is often credited with rooting out militancy in Punjab has passed away at the age of 82. He served twice as Director General of Police (DGP) for the state of Punjab, India, where he is credited with having brought the Punjab insurgency under control.
KPS Gill was also known as a ‘super cop’ and ‘Lion of Punjab’ for his work in the fields of policing and security. Gill led the ‘Operation Black Thunder’ in May 1988 to eliminate militants hiding in the Golden Temple. He is credited for completely eliminating the Khalistani terrorism in Punjab. Unlike Operation Blue Star (1984), Operation Black Thunder was highly successful as little damage was caused to the Golden Temple. Operation Black Thunder resulted in the surrender of around 67 Sikhs and the death of 43 militants.
He received a Padma Shri award, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1989 for his work in the civil service. Gill has held various other posts including president of the Institute for Conflict Management, advisor to Gujarat and Chhattisgarh governments, prolific commentator on security issues and the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).