Kota Srinivas Vyas was an Andhra Pradesh Cadre Indian Police Service officer of the 1974 batch. He is known for founding the Greyhounds police unit.[1]

Kota Srinivas Vyas
K. S. Vyas bust in Vijayawada
Died(1993-01-27)January 27, 1993
Cause of deathAssassination by shooting
OccupationIPS Officer
SpouseKota Aruna

Career edit

K. S. Vyas was the first superintendent of police for the Vijayawada Urban district, which was formed in 1983. He became a cult figure among youths in the State wanting to join the police force.

Kota successfully dealt with Vijayawada rowdy menaces in the 1980s. He was the first police officer to arrest the goons. This incident was a sensation at that time and instantly made him a superhero.

In 1989, he founded the elite Greyhounds[1] police unit for anti-Naxal Communist operations and also founded the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) that provided intelligence support on the subject. He became joint director of the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy (APPA).[citation needed]

Death edit

K. S. Vyas was high on Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) People's War's hit list because he was the architect of the elite Greyhounds to be exclusively involved in anti-Naxalite operations in the state. Though he eventually was moved out of anti-Naxalite task force, he was consulted regularly on operations.[2]

On 27 January 1993, Kota was killed in a surprise attack by Mohammed Nayeemuddin and four other members of the CPI (M-L) People's War Group (PWG) while taking an evening jog at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad.[3][4][5] GreyHounds commandos subsequently hunted down and shot Mohammed Nayeemuddin to death at the Millenium Township in Shadnagar, 48 km from Hyderabad, on 8 August 2016.[6][7]

A police complex has been named after Kota in Vijayawada and an annual memorial lecture is given at the APPA.[8][citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Andhra model". India Today. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  2. ^ "Banned Naxalite group catches Andhra Pradesh authorities on the wrong foot".
  3. ^ "Renegade Naxal had the blood of an IPS officer on his hands". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Vyas remembered for uprightness". The Hindu. 28 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Three acquitted in DIG Vyas murder case | Hyderabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. 21 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Maoist renegade Nayeem's encounter: AP's Greyhounds avenge founder's murder - Firstpost". firstpost.com. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Nayeemuddin involved in killing of IPS officer Vyas". deccanchronicle.com/. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Row over naming of police building after K.S. Vyas". The Hindu. 21 April 2011.