G. P. Singh is a 1991 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Singh has held notable positions in central organisations such as the Special Protection Group (SPG) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). He hit the headlines in August 2023 after he, along with 13 other IPS officers, was empanelled to the rank of Director General by the Government of India.
Gyanendra Pratap Singh was born on Wednesday, 8 November 1967 (age 55 years; as of 2022) in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. G. P. Singh completed his schooling in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He did his graduation with a BSc and post-graduation with an MSc at Lucknow. After completing his formal education, Singh appeared for the UPSC civil services examination and managed to clear it. Thereafter, he reported at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad, Telangana, where he underwent a police training module.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black (semi-bald)
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Mahipal Singh (deceased). His mother’s name is Krishna Singh (deceased).
Wife & Children
His wife, Anamika Singh, holds a PhD in Botany and served as a civil servant in Assam. He has two daughters; the elder daughter, Aishwarya Singh, is an IPS officer of the AGMUT cadre. The younger daughter, Aradhita Singh, completed her graduation at Hindu College in New Delhi.
He follows Hinduism.
On 15 September 1991, G. P. Singh completed his training at the SVPNPA and was allotted the Assam-Meghalaya cadre.
In 1992, he was posted to Assam as an under-training IPS officer. His appointment came at a time when militancy was at its peak in the northeast. After getting promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), he was posted to Sonitpur. Thereafter, he was sent to Rangia, where he assumed the post of Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO). He was later posted to Nalbari, where he played an important role in curbing militancy as an additional superintendent of police. Thereafter, he was sent to Johrat. There, under his leadership, the Assam Police conducted successful anti-insurgency operations without the assistance of the Indian Army. After getting promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP), Singh was posted to Guwahati and then to Barpeta. In 2002, he was sent to New Delhi, where he served in the Special Protection Group (SPG). There, he looked after the protection details of Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
After finishing his term with the SPG, Singh came back to Assam, where he was assigned the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG). He was later promoted to Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Guwahati. At Guwahati, he played a crucial role in dismantling the terrorist networks of banned groups ULFA and NDFB. In 2010, he was posted in the Sonitpur district as Inspector General (IG) of North Assam Tezpur to curb the unrest following an ethnic massacre in the district. After violence erupted in Dispur, Singh was recalled to Guwahati in June 2011. In the same year, he was sent on a United Nations (UN) Mission to Africa. In 2012, he was posted to the Bodoland Territorial Region as an IGP after clashes broke out in the region. In November 2013, he was sent to New Delhi, where he assumed the post of IG in the National Investigation Agency (NIA). During his tenure with NIA, he managed investigations across the Northeast, Kashmir, and Punjab. He supervised investigations related to terrorism activities linked to ISIS within India and globally. He also oversaw the investigations of significant incidents such as the Samjhauta, Malegaon, Ajmer Sharif, and Mecca Masjid bombings. Furthermore, he was responsible for overseeing the investigations into the attacks on Indian military personnel in Pulwama, Uri, and Pathankot. He played a crucial role in the NIA’s efforts to uncover the funding of terrorism by separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
His tenure with the NIA was cut short after he was recalled to Guwahati amidst the rising unrest amongst the civilians due to the Citizenship Amendment Act (Bill) protests. He also served as the State Nodal Officer responsible for managing the movement of people between states during the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting nationwide lockdown. He is accredited with the safe repatriation of hundreds of thousands of individuals who were stranded in various locations across India and abroad. He was appointed as the Special DGP Law and Order in December 2019.
In August 2020, he was appointed as the director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Assam; he remained in the post till January 2023. In 2021, he was appointed as the head of an anti-Rhino poaching task force in Assam. On 1 February 2023, he assumed the post of Director General of Assam Police. He was chosen by the Union government to serve as a DGP on a central deputation in August 2023.
As a Director General of Police (DGP), G. P. Singh’s salary is approximately Rs. 2,25,000 + other allowances.
Assets & Properties
- Agricultural Land: Rs. 42,00,000
- Residential Properties: Rs. 30,00,000
- Commercial Buildings: Rs. 15,00,000
Note: The given estimates are according to the year 2022. It excludes the net worth of his wife.
G. P. Singh’s net worth in 2022 was estimated to be Rs. 87,00,000. It excludes the net worth of his wife.
- Gyanendra’s daughter, Aishwarya Singh, decided to leave her training with Indian Revenue Service (IRS) to join SVPNPA in 2021. During Aishwarya’s passing out parade from SVPNPA in February 2023, a video of her and Gyanendra saluting each other went viral. Following this, Gyanendra posted a tweet expressing his immense pride in Aishwarya’s achievements.
— GP Singh (@gpsinghips) February 11, 2023
- In July 2023, the banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) threatened DGP G. P. Singh of facing repercussions if he did not reign in the cops from doing encounters. ULFA also claimed that the Assam Police, under Singh’s leadership, was involved in killing innocent people who had nothing to do with the ultras. The ULFA, in its ultimatum, wrote,
DGP Gyanendra Pratap (GP) Singh repeatedly has displayed bravery by doing fake encounters of innocents. Such incidents should be stopped immediately. This is our last warning.”
- He participated in the UNDP initiative focused on enhancing the structure and administration of the law enforcement system in India. He also travelled to the UK and worked with different police units there, including the National Police Training facility at Bramshill. This collaboration led to the establishment of Community Liaison Groups and Nagrik Samitis in Jorhat and Guwahati. These groups aimed to foster better cooperation and interaction between the police and the public.
- Gyanendra Singh likes to play, and he has participated in numerous cricket matches organised by the Assam Police.
- DGP Singh is known for his reputation as a tough cop. In 2023, he gave a 3-month ultimatum to the Assam Police cops to reduce weight or leave the police force. He has also taken strict action against cops involved in criminal activities and often posts information about such events on Twitter.
“Izzat of Khaki” https://t.co/EtTsAK9p27
— GP Singh (@gpsinghips) July 10, 2023