gfiles magazine

October 15, 2015

Captain of the people

brijesh kumar gupta

it was like yesterday. Brijesh Kumar Gupta had just entered Niranjan Talkies in Allahabad to watch a movie when he heard shouts of “Kaptan sahib aa rahen hain (The SSP is coming)”. Gupta, then in his early 20s, a student of MA (History) in Allahabad University, got pushed around in the melee. He, obviously, did not like being shoved around. But after the 1971 incident, an idea—‘Why shouldn’t I become a Kaptan?’—took root in Gupta’s mind. The posting of BS Bedi and Ajayraj Sharma, 1961- and 1966-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, respectively, as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Allahabad further steeled his resolve to be part of the steel frame.

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