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On August 23rds Pol. Capt. Wissava Saneha , an investigator for the Phi Phil Police administration was informed that an Indian man had drowned while snorkeling on a day trip. The diseased was 58 year old Indian Gujarat Director General of Police Amitabh Pathak.
The man had been enjoying a day trip with his wife, children and 28 other visitors to Thailand, many of whom helped to bring the man back to the beach from where he was transported to Krabi hospital. The man and his family were staying at a luxury 5 star resort on Klong Muang Beach.
Governor of Krabi Mr. Prasit Osatanon coordinated with the Indian Embassy to repatriate the mans body back to Indai. It was later reported by the Indian Express that Amitabh Pathak died of a massive heart attack. They also reported that last week, Pathak had collapsed during Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Independence Day function in Bhuj. He was lifted by policemen present and sent to his residence in Ahmedabad. Sources close to him said that he was on vacation till September 3.
Pathak’s death came as a shock for IPS officers here; some couldn’t believe that he was no more until the state government issued an internal note about his demise.
The CM tweeted, “In Amitabh Pathak, Gujarat has lost a dedicated officer. The state will always remember his services. Spoke to his son and offered condolences.”
In-charge DGP Pramod Kumar confirmed the news on Friday evening.
Pathak, an IPS officer of the 1977 batch, was appointed as Director General of Police on February 27, taking over from former DGP Chitranjan Singh. He had received the President’s medal for distinguished services this Independence Day. He had recently visited former ADGP P P Pandey in Sabarmati Central Jail along with two other officers.
After he took up the DG’s post, Pathak had pledged to work on police reforms and betterment of lower constabulary. He was one of the few DGPs who called media briefings to discuss agendas and pushed for appointment of public relation officers in every commissionarate and district police.
Pathak held only a few executive postings, the last one being that of Ahmedabad Police Commissioner in 2010. During his tenure as the Ahmedabad CP, Pathak had taken action against the crime branch asking for a report against five inspectors — Tarun Barot, K K Patel, J M Yadav, J D Purohit and M D Chaudhary. He had ordered the DCB to probe 18 complaints against encounter cop Barot.
After his promotion to DGP rank last year, he was appointed the Director of Anti Corruption Bureau.
The state government, in a surprise move, made Pathak DG & IG of Police when he was with the ACB. Pathak continued to handle additional charge of the ACB in the absence of an appointment there.
His subordinates considered him as one of the most soft-spoken officers who was sensitive towards them.
Pathak was due to retire in 2015. A native of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, he was a post graduate in science. The state government has taken the responsibility of bringing his body back to Gujarat by Saturday.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia and Congress Legislature Party leader Shankersinh Vaghela have expressed their condolences over the demise of Pathak.
Story by Ann Kwanta