Lucknow’s first woman police chief Manzil Saini takes charge

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 13:59 IST
Manzil Saini, the first SSP of Lucknow, may take charge of the office on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Manzil Saini, a 2005 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, took charges as the first woman police chief of Lucknow on Wednesday..

Popular as “Lady Singham”, Saini had already reached the state capital after getting confirmed about her new posting on Tuesday.

Saini’s posting was confirmed after chief minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted about her posting on Tuesday afternoon.

Later, principal secretary (Home), Debashish Panda also confirmed about Saini’s posting as new SSP Lucknow while taking to HT over phone. Saini has replaced outgoing SSP Rajesh Pandey, who has been attached with the DGP’s office. Before the coveted Lucknow posting, Saini was the district police chief of Etawah, home town of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Saini made to the country’s police force to become India’s first married woman IPS officer. She was married in 2000 and five years after she got inducted as IPS officer during her first attempt in civil services examination. She is married to Jaspal Dehal, who runs an export business in Noida and belongs to Pandoh, Himachal Pradesh and have two kids. This “special cop” is considered as sensitive and a workaholic officer.

To add to her long list of achievements, Saini topped MBA from Delhi School of Economics after completing honours in Physics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi. During her IPS training at Sardar Vallabhbai Patel National Police IPS Academy, Hyderabad, Saini excelled as an athlete.

It was Saini who busted the infamous Amit Kumar kidney racket in 2008 just after six months of her first posting in Moradabad. She again made news when she was all of a sudden transferred in the midst of 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots along with the then district magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, Surendra Singh.

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