'An Officer and A Gentleman’: Ved Marwah Passes Away

by Amitabh Joshi 10 months ago Views 1958

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Former Delhi Police Commissioner and ex-Governor of Manipur, Mizoram and Jharkhand, Ved Marwah, passed away at a hospital in Goa on Friday evening at the age of 87.

He had been hospitalised for the past few days after complications arising from a lung infection.


The Goa Police issued a statement shortly after his death saying: “We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a great leader of the police force. He led the Delhi police during testing times and later rose to serve as the Governor of three states”.

One of the most distinguished IPS officers, Marwah served for over 30 years in various capacities in government. Known for his uprightness and as a police chief who led from the front, Marwah was the Delhi Police Commissioner from 1985-1988 spanning a tumultuous period in the city during which terrorist incidents and major crimes took place with which he had dealt commendably.

Marwah had also served as Director-General of the NSG and Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, among several other posts.

He had authored two books, ‘Uncivil Wars: Pathology of Terrorism in India’ and ‘India in Turmoil’. In the latter book he had said that "the media plays a vital role in the war against terrorism and subversion. It should play this role with a sense of responsibility without being swayed by commercial consideration...for the sake of incresaing their TRPs".


Ved Marwah's family had moved to Delhi from Peshawar during the Partition. He was one of the 'founding members' of one of Delhi's iconic book stores, Khan Market's Faqir Chand & Sons.

He is survived by his wife, son, a daughter-in-law and two grand-daughters.

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