Former DGP Khagen Sarmah

Former director general of police (DGP) Khagen Sarma passed away at a hospital in Guwahati on Friday evening. He was 63.

The former top cop was admitted to city’s Sun Valley Hospital on October 13.

Sarma, a 1982 batch IPS Officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, took over as the Assam DGP in 2014.

He retired in November, 2015.

“Sarma was admitted to our hospital on October 13. He had been undergoing treatment since then. Sarma was suffering from cancer,” hospital sources said.

Sarma led the Special Branch of the Assam Police for over a decade.

The former DGP was credited for bringing many insurgent leaders of the state to the negotiating table.

He had served as superintendent of police (SP) in different districts of the state including Karimganj, North Cachar Hills and Jorhat.

He had also served as Principal of the Police Training College.

Hailing from Makhibaha near Tihu in Nalbari district, Sarma had also served as DIG of Police of the Northern Range before joining the Special Branch as DIG in 1997.

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