State Capital gets its first ever woman SP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2019 11:02:58


By Mukesh S Singh,


Her appointment as new Raipur Superintendent of Police (SP) was not just implementation of another executive order of State. Rather it broke seven-decade-old jinx that kept Raipur away from the essence of  women empowerment. Neethu Kamal, is perhaps the only woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in both erstwhile Madhya Pradesh and now Chhattisgarh, to have ever been appointed as Raipur SP. Its’ not mere saga of praises but conformity with chronology of dates which  glaringly speaks that not a single female officer has ever been appointed as Raipur SP since 1947. 

Now at the helm of policing affairs in the Raipur district, which is centre stage of all powers, Neethu Kamal, however, refuses to carry a chip on her shoulders for being the first woman IPS officer. For her, it is like any other policing responsibility entrusted by the State Administration. Maintaining the law and order remains on the top of her priority list like always.

A 2008-batch officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, Neethu Kamal, hails from a Vytilla town of Kochi city in Ernalkulum district of Kerala. But not many are aware that she is also tech savvy, having graduated in Computer Science (B Tech) in 2005 before cracking Civil Service in 2008.  Yet, she chose ‘uniform service’ over brighter options at her disposal.

“There was no dearth of encouragement from my parents, father Kamalasanan and mother Surya Kamal, who collectively always exhorted me and my elder sister Manju Kamal, now a doctor, to opt for Civil Service as career and ensured a conducive atmosphere at home. Back in Kerala, the society and the culture where we grew up, there is a reverence for IAS and IPS,” she says while speaking in an exclusive interview to The Hitavada.

The officer, who boasts of a decade long spotless and meritorious policing stint is also a proud daughter, wife and
mother. She knows how to balance between a hectic work and private life, without compromising with basic ethics of her individuality.

Married to Anand Sugatha, also a techie is presently employed with a Bengaluru-based major Information Technology Group, Neethu Kamal says her policing job and marriage never collided. “We have always understood each others’ responsibility very well and thereby making our professional and personal lives much better and balanced,”
she maintained. 

But the success story of Neethu Kamal would be incomplete without a due mention of her daughter Dia Anand, who is in kindergarten. If the new Raipur SP is to be believed, her little angel, makes her life more meaningful and simple. “Even at this tender age, when most of the kids throw uncontrollable tantrums to their parents, Dia is way too much understanding. She is not attention seeker and always loves to help her mother when she needs it the most,” she added.

Citing one such recent instance , Neethu Kamal recalled that once she had to carry her sleeping daughter along with her to scene of an armed robbery investigation at the wee hours in March 2018, when she was SP Janjgir-Champa.
“Even when Dia woke up, she didn’t create any problems and remained calm inside my official vehicle, while I along with the rest of police team remained busy in the investigation. It took us almost 24 hours to crack the robbery case. Since then, similar incidents have happened when my daughter just sat next to me studying her kindergarten books while I remain engrossed in disposing of pending office works,” said a proud mother.

According to the SP, her success stories also need full attribution to her mother Surya Kamal’s never-ending love and support. “She stays with me here to assist me in raising her my daughter Dia while I take care of law and order of the city wherever my posting had been done,” she added.

When asked about her priorities, the new Raipur SP said that optimum utilization of man power and resource in maintaining law and order comes as foremost to her mind.  Secondly, she will do everything possible to live up to the expectation of her superiors, especially after Director General of Police D M Awasthi gave a call to entire rank and file to aim for the goal of strong and credible policing in Chhattisgarh. “I can’t thank enough, my predecessor Amresh Kumar Mishra, who left a seasoned team at my disposal for carrying out effective and friendly policing,” she added.

According to her, optimisation of social media platforms and other modes of communication for achieving community policing through pro-active and multi-level public outreach programs will be her another key focus area, which she has learnt by observing and following her superiors in the State Police. “Launching of Dial-112 project in state will definitely prove like a shot in the arm to minimise response time as well as identify the crime and incident prone areas,” she explained. 
For any incidents of crime against women or disparity faced in its reporting, the SP assures the victims that she is just a call away from them. “My CUG number will always remain accessible for women in need of assistance,” she assured. 

Neethu Kamal’s policing journey so far...
Neethu Kamal served as probationer IPS officer in Bilaspur as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) followed by her first ever posting in Raipur as Azad Chowk City Superintendent of Police (CSP). Thereafter, she had a brief stint as Commandant of 4th Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) in Mana (Raipur) before being given the maiden posting as SP in Mahasamund district. She was back to Raipur once again following her posting as SP of Police Training School (PTS) in Mana.    
Neethu Kamal had her first encounter with leftwing extremism after she was posted as SP of Special Intelligence Branch (SIB). From here, she was posted as SP Mungeli and then SP Janjgir. Finally, she was recently made SP Raipur. Her areas of interest in policing are VVIP security and then Naxal Intelligence.