Cop turns writer, pens book on Sant Kabir

The Daily Post, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, 17 October

Inner instincts, they say, never die! And it is the instinct of writing in Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, that remained intact even after he became a police officer.

Occupied answering the call of duty 24×7, Singh, who as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) heads the Punjab Police Crime Branch, burnt midnight oil to service his instincts, and penned a bilingual book on the verses of Saint Kabir.

The book “Universal Teachings of Kabir (Kabir ke Sadabahar Dohe)”, was released by Punjab DGP Anil Kaushik at a special function held here, on Sunday.

Flanked by ADGP Crime Sanjeev Gupta, IGPs C S R Reddy and M K Tiwari, besides other senior police officers, the DGP patted Singh on the back for his endeavour to bring the essence of Kabir’s teachings in a simple, people-friendly and telling manner. The book contains 100 verses of Saint Kabir based on such themes as have universal application. “Saint Kabir gave a new dimension to the Indian thought process in the medieval period which is relevant in modern times also,” says Singh, a 1998-batch IPS officer.

The modern Indian society is passing through a transitional phase and there is a visible rat race to adopt westernity to achieve modernity, which is an open threat to the great Indian traditions,” he feels.

The author says that the teachings of Kabir are quite useful and relevant in the present-day circumstances.

The present book is an honest and truthful attempt to bring Kabir’s universal teachings before the masses, especially keeping in view the existing socio-cultural problems,” he under-lined.

The book dwells on various themes like speech, good company, patience, charity, saint, teacher, false ego, love and devotion, truth of material world and good conduct. Every theme consists of four to ten verses given in a separate chapter and each chapter starts with a brief summary of the theme.

Every verse has been given first in Devanagari script, and then explained in Hindi. Later, the same verse has been reproduced in Roman script and explained in English. The English version is not merely a literal translation but offers original description of the verses.

Singh says. “It is a well-established fact that modernity cannot be achieved by ignoring our traditions and value system.” The verses have been collected mainly from Beejak, Sakhi and Kabir Granthawali.

The author has also interviewed many personalities, who are well-versed in the teachings of Kabir. He also visited Varanasi, the birth place of Saint Kabir, to have a firsthand exposure of his teachings.

Some of the verses have been taken from the holy book of Sikhs Guru Granth Sahib.

I have made an attempt to summarise the teachings of Kabir for the benefit of the common people. The primary objective of this endeavour is to bring modernity in the society along with great Indian traditions through the universal teachings of Kabir,” he adds.

Singh has served in various capacities across Punjab, including Amritsar, Patitla, Ludhiana and Mohali. He headed Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Batala and Ferozepur districts as SSP. Presently, he is looking after special crimes and cyber investigation and also commanding 82 Battalion of PAP Chandigarh.

Despite odds, the cop-turned-writer has made a conscious and consistent attempt to remain in constant touch with the cultural heritage of Punjab and India, because of his passion for art, culture and literature.

Singh did his Post-graduation in Sanskrit with specialisation in Indian Philosophy from Patna University. He was recently awarded Ph.D. in Police Administration by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He also acquired PG Diploma in Human Resource Management from the IGNOU during his service, and is presently doing LL.B from Punjab University.

“My continuous learning attitude has induced in me additional capabilities which have helped me immensely in the discharge of my professional duties,” adds Singh.


Missing Amritsar girl found in Delhi

The Tribune, Chandigarh

30 September 2011

Missing Amritsar girl found in Delhi
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Bringing the curtains down on the drama enacted by the Punjab police, IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has cracked the missing girl’s case.

Soon after the Punjab police tried to plant a stranger in place of the missing girl and asked her parents to accept her as their daughter, the Punjab-cadre IPS officer of 1998 batch tracked her down in Delhi. Her recovery has also brought to fore the sordid reality of callous handling of domestic helps in the country.

Pooja (15) went missing from Amritsar three years ago. The probe into the matter was handed over to Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh by Justice LN Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His name was suggested by advocate GK Mann, representing Pooja’s father Sonu Parshad.

The investigation revealed that Pooja was taken as a domestic help by Puran Kaur of Amritsar in 2008 with the consent of the girl’s father.

But later Pooja was sent to Delhi to work as domestic help with Kaur’s son Sukhbir Singh.

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, SSP Crime Branch, said the girl escaped from Sukhbir’s house, as she was subjected to physical and mental torture. She somehow found her way to the house of a retired CRPF DIG. The parents have identified the girl as their daughter and she will be handed over to them after taking orders from the court of the Amritsar Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Giving details of the probe, the SSP said a team of officers, comprising DSP Vibhor Kumar, DSP Jagjit Singh, Inspector Makhan Singh and other officials, were constituted.

The interim bail granted to Sukhbir and his mother was cancelled on the request of the Crime Branch.

Sukhbir and his son, Arundeep, were then arrested before being taken on a four-day remand. The girl was traced to the Janakpuri area at the instance of the accused where she was living with a couple as a domestic help.

The police earlier wanted Sonu Parshad to believe that the girl handed over to him was indeed his missing daughter.

The Amritsar resident was sure that the police was bluffing. After the DNA test proved true his worst apprehensions, Justice Mittal has asked the IPS officer to carry out the probe.



Man held for creating fake Facebook profile

The Tribune, Chandigarh

08 September 2011

Mohali, September 7

The cyber crime wing of the Punjab State Crime Branch, Mohali, has arrested a man for allegedly creating a fake profile of a woman from Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala, on Facebook.

The arrested has been identified as Kanwaljit Singh (25), a Jagroan-based software professional. A case under Sections 66-A and 66-D of the IT Act and Sections 419 and 509 of the IPC has been registered against him.

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, SSP State Crime Branch, said the motive behind the crime was to defame the complainant because of some personal enmity. The case was investigated by a team of officers headed by DSP Vibhor Kumar. The fake profile displayed the woman’s phone number and other details. The profile said she was an organiser of a musical dance group and can be contacted on her mobile number and e-mail. The woman started receiving calls on the basis of her profile and she was forced to approach the crime branch. — TNS


Internet Lottery Fraud detected, two arrested by Punjab Crime Branch

Punjab Newsline Network

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

CHANDIGARH: The cyber wing of Punjab Crime Branch has busted an international racket of internet lottery fraud and arrested two persons in this connection. The persons were identified as Ibne Hasan of Muzzaffarnagar (UP) and Nauman Ali of Roorkee (Uttarakhand). Both are on police remand for two days.

In this case, a complaint was made by Abhishek, a Mohali resident who received an SMS that he has won a lottery of Rs 25 lakhs and after that he received phone calls to deposit Rupees 1,25,000/ as a clearance amount. The phone calls were originated from Dubai and Pakistan. Interestingly, Abhishek deposited the amount in the Bank Account indicated by the callers.

The investigation was carried out by a team of officials headed by Inspector Charanjeev Lamba of Cyber crime wing of Punjab State Crime Branch. The investigation was supervised by Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, SSP of State Crime Branch. During investigation it was found that the bank accounts were opened in Roorkee.

Further investigations are going on and efforts are being made to ascertain the identity of accused persons based in Dubai and Pakistan. The preliminary investigtion shows that money is being diverted to Pakistan.

This gang used to send SMS and e-mail to ignorant citizens that they have won lottery and they are asked to deposit certain amount as a clearance charge. People, out of ignorance, are being duped by such gangs.

The SSP advised the common citizens to ignore and delete such SMS and e-mails. However, they should inform the local police or Cyber Crime wing of Punjab Police at Mohali if they are insisted by someone to deposit certain amount. Complainant can be sent through e-mail on the IDs ssp.cyber-pb@nic.in or policehelp100@gmail.com.



Youngsters getting even in cyber world

The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh (09 August 2011)
Shailee Dogra [shailee.dogra@hindustamtimes.com]
Youngsters have found a new tool in social networking sites to get even with their estranged lovers, friends and colleagues.
The cyber crime wing of the Punjab Police have received more than 25 complaints regarding creation of fake and obscene profiles on Facebook a popular social networking site.
In her complaint to the cyber crime cell of the police, a married woman said her obscene profile was created on a social networking site. The reason, she cites, is a dispute going on in the family.
A similar complaint was received from a man, who requested that the profile of his married sister living abroad should be blocked. He said his sister had been linked up with his friend through morphed pictures.
In another complaint, a girl accused her colleague -with whom once she was friends with of sending obscene messages after creating her fake profile on the social networking site.
“We are receiving increasing number of complaints, wherein fake profiles have been created on Facebook. There have been incidences where ex-boyfriend of a girl or estranged husband have tried to malign their former partners out of sheer jealousy,“ said Cyber crime wing's senior superintendent of Police Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.
These complaints reveal it's mostly college girls or office going women who were subjected to humiliation through social networking sites after they fell apart from their friends or colleagues. Many a times, hurt by rejection or by a broken relationship boys have created obscene profiles to malign the image of girls.
“Youngsters feel that if you don't have a Facebook account you are old-fashioned. Thus more and more of the younger lot is logging on to social networking sites without taking adequate measures to secure their personal details, which are posted online and can be assessed easily,“ added Singh.
He said having most friends on Facebook is the latest fad.
Youngsters do not realise that they are becoming more susceptible to such cyber crime, where anyone can use there personal information and misuse it, he said.
The police officer advises people to exercise restraint while accepting online friend requests from strangers.
“You give them access to vital information. People are in the habit of posting personal information online, which should be avoided,“ the SSP said.


Kunwar spoke on Moral and Ethical Values

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh spoke on Moral and Ethical Values for professionals in the IET Bhaddal (Ropar) during a national seminar organised by the institute. This seminar was organised by the institute in collaboration with PTU (Punjab Technical University) Jalandhar in which noted academicians expressed their views. Prominent among them were Bibi Inderjeet Kaur of Pingalwara charitable society, Amritsar, Dr. AP Singh from PTU Jalandhar, Er HR Singla from Lovely Professional University and Dr. HR Verma Principal cum Director of the institute.
Kunwar Vijay Pratap elaborated on various issues connected with the topic and described various quotes from Shri Guru Granth Sahib, Saint Kabir and Kautilya Arthashastra. He stressed upon transparency in the services rendered by the professionals in the interest of the society and the people in general.

Cyber Crime Investigation Wing for Punjab

Punjab Police has recently set up a state level Cyber Crime Investigation Cell. This Cell has been notified as cyber crime police station with the jurisdiction of the entire state of Punjab where any kind of FIR can be registered under various provisions of IT Act and related laws.
This cell is located at SAS Nagar, Mohali. People from any part of Punjab can get their FIR registered in this police station by visiting there or sending their complaints through e-mail (policehelp100@gmail.com, ssp.cyber-pb@ nic.in). People can lodge complaints related with data theft, e-mail travel, e-mail threat, extortion and cheating through internet, bank and credit card frauds, hacking, fishing etc.
Besides, a state level crime police station has also been notified with the jurisdiction of the entire state of Punjab with a view to investigate specialized crimes especially related with scams and major frauds.
Both these police stations will work under the ADGP Crime Punjab. Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has been given the charge of SSP of Crime Branch, Punjab who will supervise all the Cyber Crime Investigations and cases related with specialized crimes.
The state crime branch of Punjab was inaugurated on 9th April 2011 by Honorable Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. The function was presided over by Shri PS Gill DGP Punjab where presentations were made by the ADGP Crime Shri Sanjeev Gupta. The function was attended by senior officers of Punjab Police and members of community at large.

Kunwar Awarded Ph. D. in Police Administration

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has been awarded Ph.D. in Police Administration by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. This degree was conferred upon him during 37th annual convocation held in the University on the 1st of March 2011.
The officer conducted his research on the ‘Human Rights of Prisoners’ under the supervision of Prof. R.S.Sandhu of GNDU. The focus of this study was various alarming issues concerned with prison conditions, overcrowding and problems of undertrials with special emphasis on the delay in the disposal of cases. At this occasion GNDU awarded 711 degrees and medals in various disciplines including Ph.D, M.Phil., MBA, M.Tech., MCA, LL.M., M.Lib., MBE., M.Com., M.Sc., M.A., B.Tech., B.Sc., BCA, LL.B., B.Lib. etc..
This function was attended by Nobel Laureates Prof. (Dr.) Richard R. Ernst and Prof. Alexander Pines who were conferred with the Degree of D.Sc. Honorary Causa. Prof. Dalip Kaur Tiwana the leading Punjabi Novelist and creative writer in Punjabi was also honoured with D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) keeping in view her contributions in the field of Punjabi Language and Literature. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. A. S. Brar congratulated all the awardees and prize winners.

Kunwar Vijay Pratap honoured for outstanding performance

In a state level function held at 82nd Battalion PAP Chandigarh Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh was honoured by Dy. Chief Minister Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal for his excellent performance in policing. ADGP SK Sharma and DGP PS Gill were also present at this occasion besides other senior police officers. Other police officers of various ranks from district police as well as Punjab Armed Police were also felicitated on the occasion for good performance.
Before this assignment the officer has had a successful stint of more than two years as District Police Chief of Amritsar where he earned appreciation from all quarters especially from the common people of Amritsar at large. He is known for his pro-community and anti-criminal approach. On earlier occasions, he has been honoured with the prestigious Baba Farid Award for Honesty in 2004, IVF (India Vision Foundation) Award for Jail Reforms in 2006 and AHIRA( All India Human Rights Association ) award in 2009.

Annual convocation at Punjab Police Academy

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh was honoured by H.E. Governor Shri Shivraj V. Patil during the annual convocation held at PPA Phillaur. He was felicitated for outstanding academic endeavor during the service as he earned PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management) from IGNOU with first division.
Besides, this he has also completed PhD in Police Administration from GNDU Amritsar in 2010. He is also pursuing LL.B. from Panjab University, Chandigarh. The officer irrespective of his place of posting has been in constant touch with academics which gives him capabilities to perform his duties in a more proficient manner.


Happy New Year

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah,

Sarve santu nira-maya-ah.

Sarve bhadrani pashyantu,

Ma-kaschit dukha-bhak bhavet.

May all be happy;May all be healthy;

May all experience prosperity;

May none in the world suffer.

May peace, peace and peace be unto us and all the beings of the world.

May the New Year bring all happiness and prosperity in your life. Happy New Year.. Regards..Kunwar