More than 300 police officials, political leaders and citizens gathered at IPS Mess in Shahibaug on Sunday morning to pay homage to Amitabh Pathak, the late director general of police (DGP). Pathak, who died in Thailand on Friday due to cardiac arrest, was given the guard of honour before being cremated.
Pathak’s mortal remains were kept in the garden area of the IPS Mess between 8:45 am and 10 am. People from different walks of life paid floral tributes to the DGP and expressed condolences to his family members.
The dignitaries included chief minister Narendra Modi, minister of state for home Rajni Patel, city mayor Meenakshi Patel, municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra and others.
Almost all the IPS officials, from the city as well as from different parts of the state, had gathered at the venue to give final salute to the officer. These included Satish Sharma, Satish Verma, Harekrushna Patel, Shivanand Jha, Shamsher Singh and SK Saikia, who was also supervising the proceedings.
Many retired IPS officers and former DGPs had also come to pay tribute, including Sudhir Sinha, SS Khandvawala, RB Sreekumar and Chitranjan Singh.
“I had known him since 1984. He was a very good friend of mine. I am definitely going to miss him,” said Khandvawala.
While Modi left at around 9:30 am, Rajni Patel stayed till the end. “Pathak’s demise is a big blow to the state police department. He was an easy-going person and had a simple nature, which made him an efficient police officer,” said Patel.
At around 11:30 am, Pathak’s body was taken to Mukti Dham behind VS Hospital for the last rites in the presence of all his family members and colleagues where blank rounds were fired in the air in honour of the cop.