Former DGP of Punjab KPS Gill, passed away after suffering cardiac arrest in Delhi on Thursday afternoon. He was 82. Apart from being a tough cop he was also the man who led the administration of India’s national sport, hockey, for a long tenure of 14 years.

Gill was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here after he was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and significant Ischemic Heart Disease.

“He was suffering from end stage kidney failure and significant ischemic heart disease. Gill had been recovering from peritonitis but died of a sudden cardiac arrest caused by cardiac arrhythmia,” Dr Rana, head of the hospital’s department of nephrology, said.

The IPS officer had served twice as the DGP in Punjab before retiring from the force in 1995. He was subsequently appointed the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).The PHL and World Hockey League were his brainchild. His loss is big for Indian hockey.

Dubbed “supercop” by the media for his crackdown on Khalistani terrorists, Gill was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1989 for his work in the civil service.