Arun Kumar Sinha, who served as the Director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), has passed away at the age of 61 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gurugram, where he had been receiving medical care for some time. Sinha held a pivotal role in the security apparatus of the country, as he was responsible for providing proximate security to the Prime Minister of India. This significant duty underscores the magnitude of his contributions to the nation’s security.
A Distinguished Career
Arun Kumar Sinha, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the 1987 Kerala cadre, had a distinguished career spanning multiple decades. His journey in the Special Protection Group (SPG) began in March 2016, when he assumed the role of its 12th director. His appointment was made on a contractual basis, lasting until May 31, 2024, at the rank and compensation level of director general of police. On May 31, he was granted a one-year extension in service, underscoring his unwavering commitment to his responsibilities. This tenure allowed him to lead the SPG with utmost dedication and professionalism.
A Journey of Service
Arun Kumar Sinha’s career was not limited to his role in the SPG. He had previously served in various capacities in his cadre state, Kerala, and with the Border Security Force (BSF) at the Centre. His diverse experiences and dedication to his profession made him a well-rounded and respected officer.
The SPG’s Crucial Role
The Special Protection Group (SPG) was established in 1985 and has since played a vital role in safeguarding the Prime Minister of India. With an estimated strength of approximately 3,000 personnel, the SPG remains at the forefront of ensuring the security of the country’s highest office.