I write this today with a very heavy heart and tears in my eyes. One of my close mentor, guide, friend Sanjiv Singh (IPS 87) left us all for his heavenly abode yesterday -16 October 2020. I am shattered that we had to lose him so soon, and I am still struggling to come to terms with this personal loss.
Sanjiv Singh was an accomplished officer, a strong and direct person, real, bold, driven, hardworking, fitness freak, logical, and exceedingly honest with others. A loyal friend and a great listener. I always admired his ability to stay calm and get things done. He was someone who was a hero to a lot of people, including me. So much so that there is a colony in Bhopal named after him.
Sanjiv was a warm, welcoming, and kind person with a positive outlook on life and a fundamental faith in humanity. He could always put you at ease with his stories. To me, he was so much more than a senior. I aspired to be like him, especially in fitness. His commitment to fitness was such that even the young ones could not match his standards. His company was always a sanctuary filled with laughter.
It was only in February that I joined BSF after Sanjiv was relieved from this organization. I met him first at the National Police Academy in 1989. He was warm & welcoming and made the transition of growing into the prestigious police services a memorable and enjoyable one. I remember the best times when we were SP in neighbouring districts, I was SP Vidisha & he was SP Raisen. He had a strong set of values that he held himself accountable. Although I feel like no one will ever truly replace him, we all have to stay strong and celebrate his spirit and who he was. Rest in peace Sanjiv Singh Sir. We will miss you!
Sujay Thousen, is a 1988 batch IPS officer, borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre