Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, India’s first woman Director General of Police (DGP), passed away following an illness in Mumbai on 26 August 2019 night. Bhattacharya, a 1973 batch officer, made history in 2004 when she was appointed as the DGP of Uttarakhand, thus becoming the first woman in the country to hold such position.
- Bhattacharya was also the second woman IPS officer in the country, the first being Kiran Bedi. She relinquished her duties on October 31, 2007.
- She was presented a ceremonial guard of honour by the Uttarakhand police at her farewell parade.
- Hailing from Amritsar in Punjab, Bhattacharya was determined to become a police officer. As the first woman DGP of a state, Kanchan tried to fight the bias against women and it was due to her initiative that women home guards were given the responsibility of manning traffic points in cities.
- After her retirement, she took a plunge into politics and unsuccessfully contested from Haridwar constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket.