I.P.S Training Period (A.S.P. trainee):
Umesh Chandra began his I.P.S training in the Warangal district, a district
notorious for naxal violence. His honesty, integrity, fairness and zeal for
work was recognized by one and all, gaining him the reputation as an
excellent officer. He took on the difficult task of flushing out naxalites
immediately. He planned and actively participated in all operations and
lead his teams with daring and panache. Inspired by his leadership, his
team members immersed themselves wholeheartedly in the tasks he set out
for them. His positive attitude and leadership resulted in many successes
against the naxalites, thereby envigorating the police force in the
District (A.S.P. rural):
After his training, Umesh Chandra was posted in the same district as
A.S.P (rural). He continued his onslaught on the naxalites and was very
successful in apprehending many of them. His seniors were impressed with
his work ethic, professionalism, and care towards the people of the
district. He was very affectionate to the common man. He started a highly
successful public awareness campaign entitled "Jana
Jaagruti". Several cultural troupes were formed as part of this effort.
This program has been emulated in other districts as well. All this
while he was still pursuing naxalites. As a result of his efforts to
curb naxal violence, he was targetted by the naxals at this early stage
in his career.
Umesh Chandra's bravery and intelligence impressed his senior police
officials. He was next given the task of cleaning up Pulivendala
(Cuddapah district) of all rowdies and goondas. He was very stern with
the antisocial elements and rid the sub-division of all troublesome
characters. He also destroyed several gambling centers. Elections were
no more the violent episodes of factional fighting, pollbooth grabbing,
murder and mayhem. This earned him the praise of the common man. Many
poems and songs were written in his praise
during his short stay of three months. He was publicly honoured for his
efforts in bringing peace to the area.
Umesh Chandra then returned to Warangal as Officer on Special Duty. He continued his
work in the district apprehending criminals, helping the common man,
uplifting the spirits of the police force, and projecting the humane
side of the police force. The attitude of the people towards the
police changed markedly during his tenure in the Warangal district.
His onslaught on the naxalites continued. He visited remote landmine infested
areas with little regard to his own safety. He planned and
executed with precision strategems for the capture of naxalites.
The goverment of Andhra Pradesh recognized in Umesh Chandra the
extraordinary ability to quickly identify and eliminate the root
cause of any problem. The government chose him to bring order to
the chaotic district of Cuddapah and promoted him to SUPERINTENDENT
OF POLICE. He accepted the challenge and started work in his earnest
Umesh Chandra was instrumental in raising the morale of the entire
police force of that region. He continued with the implementation
of Jana Jaagruti in Cuddapah too. His public awareness campaigns
instilled a sense of identity in the police and the people of that
constituency. The people started to trust the police to do the right
thing. In spite of his busy schedule he allocated several hours each
day of his personal time to listen to problems faced by the people of
the district. He spent many hours a week of his personal time addressing
the issues faced by the people of the district. His efforts resulted in
the virtual elimination of all unlicensed arms and ammunition.
During this time, Umesh Chandra "liberated" the common man from the
clutches of factionalism and feudalism. Shortly after his arrival in
Cuddapah, he made the streets secure for people to travel at night.
Before his arrival, no woman could set foot on the street without
being assaulted. Umesh Chandra led by example.
His unswerving adherence to truth and justice prompted many factional
leaders in the district to voluntarily give up their illegal arms and
end their feuds.
He set new standards for policing, and administration for the entire
state of Andhra Pradesh. He raised the spirit of his subordinates and
moulded them as great soldiers. He instilled pride in the police force
and built confidence in the police force among the people of this district.
Many letters, poems and
were written in his praise. As a result of his work,
every police official worked diligently to ensure that the district
remained peaceful. In a district where violence was the norm during
elections, Umesh Chandra's methods produced excellent results by
eliminating all violence during election time.
Umesh Chandra was the first to reach the remote areas with essential
commodities and health care teams when floods ravaged the Cuddapah district.
The police force contributed a portion of their pay towards the relief
fund. Leaders of all parties, from all sections of the community praised
Umesh Chandra's work and attitude. He received many letters of praise
from the public expressing that he is a God in their view. His work can
be visualized in those letters. He was called as Cuddapah tiger. Typically,
sports figures and movie stars have fans associations. Umesh Chandra is/was
probably the only government official in the entire country to have a
fans association. Umesh Chandra exhorted this association to be useful to
the society at large.
Umesh Chandra not only instilled pride in the police force, but also paid
a lot of attention to the welfare of the police families. He expedited
work to lay roads, provide water and gas connections to the police lines.
This also raised the standard of living of the constables.
His transfer to Karimnagar was opposed by every peace loving person in
the district. The common man, civic leaders, the police force, all
expressed great disappointment in the government's action. The entire
district of Cuddapah gave their favorite son the farewell of a lifetime.
Suffice to say, such an event had never happened in the past, and will
probably never happen again. The scenes from
the farewell function are only to be experienced,
and cannot be adequately described in words. The outpouring of love for
their favorite son and police officer, and outrage at his transfer
provide a spectacle unparalleled in the history of the police
departments of this country.
Karimnagar was Umesh Chandra's next assignment. This district has
always been the worst affected by naxalites and their criminal activities
of all districts in Andhra Pradesh. Umesh Chandra continued his war on
the naxalites. His colleagues opine that Umesh Chandra achieved in his
short stay of 10 months what could not be achieved in more than decade
before he took charge as S.P. Karimnagar.
Umesh Chandra put an end to the very lucrative, yet illegal and bogus
chit fund operations. He closed down all bogus chit fund organizations
and made the operators return the hard-earned money of the common folk.
He set guidelines of behavior for the entire police force. He supported
his subordinates in all cases. He was also stern and did not tolerate
indiscriminate actions and bad conduct by the police. The police
officials followed his lead and worked for the upliftment of the
society. He rewarded industrious and excelling police officials
with promotions, incentives and pay hikes. His
programs produced the expected results here as well. The people
were happy with the policing and administration in the district.
A sound body is essential for a sound mind. To this effect, Umesh
Chandra organised sports meets, thereby providing much needed
recreation for the police.
In addition to his pursuit and apprehension of the extremists, he
also gave them a chance to change their ways. He succeeded in convincing
a number of extremists to change their way of life. He augmented his war
on extremists by targetting the leaders for capture. In a very short
career, he alone was responsible for a drastic reduction in naxal
activities in this district.
The government succumbed to pressure by corrupt and vested interests
and transferred him again to the D.G.P office as A.I.G Sports and
Welfare. After 7 years of exemplary service, this transfer to a post
of very little work amounts to an insult to Umesh Chandra's integrity
and intelligence. Umesh Chandra bore this insult stoically and took
over new task with the same earnest attitude as before. The entire
police force was incensed with this act. During this confusion
antisocial elements resorted to reckless acts of damaging of
public property. Though Umesh Chandra was no longer the SP of
Karimnagar, he exerted his influence to mitigate the damage. Yet,
unjustifiably, he was suspended. The judicial commission appointed
to probe the violence cleared Umesh Chandra and the police of all
charges. Interestingly, this report has not been publicised as much
as the criticisms directed towards Umesh Chandra.
AIG: Sports and Welfare:
The additional charge of computers was entrusted to Umesh Chandra
soon after taking charge. Within a span of three short months Umesh
Chandra set up a fully functional, modern computer center. He guided
the development and deployment of election management software in this