Former Maharashtra DGP Arvind Inamdar dead

Former Maharashtra DGP Arvind Inamdar dead (Eds: Recasting intro) Mumbai, Nov 8 (PTI) Former Maharashtra DirectorGeneral of Police Arvind Inamdar, who was instrumental intraining and guiding Mumbai Police's famous `encounterspecialists', died at a private hospital here on Friday.

Inamdar (79), suffering from age-related ailments, wasundergoing treatment at the hospital since last week andbreathed his last at 2.20 am, a police official said here.

Inamdar, who had investigated the infamous 1994Jalgaon sex scandal among other high-profile cases, served asstate DGP from October 1997 to January 2000.

The 1983 batch of state police officials, many amongwhom earned fame as `encounter specialists' and were creditedwith breaking the back of the Mumbai underworld, had trainedunder Inamdar when he was director of the Maharashtra PoliceAcademy.

After retirement, his trust, Arvind InamdarFoundation, felicitated police officials of all ranks who haddone noteworthy work every year.

The 1964-batch IPS officer served in Mumbai, Nagpur,Aurangabad, Solapur and Nashik during his illustrious career,said Pravin Dixit, former DGP.

Dixit was his deputy when Inamdar was superintendentof police in Solapur district.

'He worked to eradicate crime and ensured policepersonnel's wellbeing,' said Dixit.

Inamdar would know a lot about the people andsituations he was dealing with, and work accordingly, Dixitsaid, adding that the former DGP held firm views on issuesrelated to the police force.

Post retirement, Inamdar was involved in social work,used to participate in debates and wrote for severalpublications, he said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid a tribute toInamdar, calling him an officer dedicated to duty and values.

'Inamdar was known as an honest police officerdedicated to his duties and values, and it is a matter ofpride for the state police force. He was always at theforefront of issues like police reforms and improving livingconditions of police personnel. He also worked formodernisation of the police force,' Fadnavis said in hiscondolence message.

NCP chief and former chief minister Sharad Pawar, in atweet, described Inamdar as a 'stern protector of law' whowent out of his way to help common people. PTI DC MR ARUKRK KRKKRK KRK