India’s first woman DGP Kanchan Chaudhary passed away

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The first woman Director General of Police (DGP) Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya passed away following illness in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was 1973 batch IPS officer, who had scripted history when she was appointed DGP of Uttarakhand in 2004.

She was born in Himachal Pradesh, Chaudhary. She was the country’s second woman IPS officer after Kiran Bedi.  She had led Uttarakhand Police force as DGP from 2004 to 2007. During her 33-year-long career, she had handled some sensitive cases, including killing of national badminton champion Syed Modi and Reliance-Bombay Dyeing case. She also had served as Inspector General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

In 1997, she was awarded President’s police medal for distinguished service. She had made guest appearance in ‘Udaan’ TV serial aired on Doordarshan in late 1980s, which was based on her life, showing her struggles to become an IPS officer. Udaan serial was one of the first shows on Indian television to deal with the subject of women empowerment.