Dinkar Gupta appointed new DGP of Punjab
Dinkar Gupta, a 1987 batch officer of the IPS, was on Thursday appointed as the Director General of
the Punjab Police. He succeeds Suresh Arora, who had been on an extension after his retirement on
September 30 last year. His appointment was cleared by the Chief Minister this morning.
A decorated officer, Dinkar Gupta is the senior most of the three officers, all of the same batch, to be
empaneled for appointment to the top post by the UPSC earlier this week.
In his previous stint, Gupta was posted as Director General of Police, Intelligence, Punjab, which
involved the direct supervision of Punjab State Intelligence Wing, State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS)
and Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU).
An experienced and distinguished officer, Gupta was empanelled on 26.4.2018 for appointment to
Additional Director General level post at the Centre- one out of the twenty 1987 batch IPS officers to
be so empanelled, and the only one from Punjab.
He did an eight-year stint on central deputation with the MHA, from June 2004 to July 2012, where
he held many sensitive assignments, including Head of the Dignitary Protection Division of the
He had served as Senior Superintendent of Police (District Police Chief) of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and
Hoshiarpur districts for more than 7 years during the terrorist phase in Punjab. He also served as
DIG (Jalandhar Range), DIG (Ludhiana Range), DIG (Counter-Intelligence), Punjab and DIG
(Intelligence), Punjab till 2004.