Bellary may have thrown up the Reddy brothers who have been on the wrong side of the law, but it has also contributed one Reddy who is reputed to be a top class law enforcer.
Taking charge as Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP) in West Bengal on Monday was Gotur Mahareddy Prabhu Rajasekhar Reddy, known as GMP Reddy, whose 31 years of service have brought him many a laurel.
“I am grateful to Karnataka, particularly Bellary district, which played a major role in my life and enhanced my zeal to achieve my goals,” GMP Reddy told dna on phone from Kolkata.
Recalling his 10 years of service in Karnataka as CBI SP and DIG between 1990 and 2000, he mentioned his involvement in investigations of high profile cases like the Rajiv Gandhi assasination, the bank securities scandal and the Indian bank scam.
“During that period, I found Karnataka police to be among the best forces in the country,” he said.
Son of Gotur Seetaram Reddy, a progressive farmers in the region, GMP Reddy studied at Wardle High School and Veerashaiva College in Bellary. Later, he he did his MA in economics from Delhi University. After being selected for IPS in 1982, Reddy joined the West Bengal cadre, and was instrumental in curbing the Gorkhaland movement as SP in Darjeeling.
He presented a paper ‘Havala Activities’ at an international seminar in Hong Kong, before undergoing training at the FBI national academy at Washington DC in the US and at London Business School. He was honored with the Police Seva Medal in 1998 and the President’s Seva Medal in 2008.