“I think I have impacted the way the police see the public and vice a versa. I have always stood by the weak”, said by DGP Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, the 1st child to her parents been born in Himachal Pradesh is one of those respectable and fearless women born on our land. She was a post-graduate in English Literature and Master in Business Administration in 1993, but was inspired to become a police officer by a spooking incident she experienced in her life where, her father was caught up in a property matter and was beaten up very badly, at that time police officers were not ready to register an FIR, this inspired her to become a police officer and help the people in need.
She went on to become the 2nd woman IPS officer (after Kiran Bedi) to join the IPS officer’s batch of 1973 also she was the first woman IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh and was appointed as the first woman Deputy General Inspector of Police in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh further promoted to be the first woman Inspector General of Uttar Pradesh Police. She was the first woman to serve as the Additional Director General of Police in Uttaranchal and then was promoted to be the first woman Director General of Police in the state.
She handled a lot of delicate cases in her vocation span of 33 years like the murder of seven times national badminton champion Syed Modi in 1987 and the Reliance–Bombay Dyeing case. She also handled several white collar crimes in banks and public sectors also being the chairperson of the All India Women in Police, Uttarakhand Police, she hosted the 2nd Women in Police Conference that was praised by the then President of India as “an excellent performance”.
She has also received several awards as mentioned:
- President’s Medal for long and meritorious services in 1989.
- President’s Medal for distinguished services in 1997.
- Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2004 for excellent all round performance and as an outstanding woman achiever.
Dismally Bhattacharya died on the night of 26 August 2019 at a hospital in Mumbai where she was undergoing treatment for the previous five-six months. Her body is cremated in Mumbai