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Harssh A Poddar


Harssh A Poddar
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Harssh A Poddar in September, 2018
Born (1985-05-08) 8 May 1985 (age 37) Kolkata,West Bengal
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🏫 EducationB.A.LLB
Bachelor of Civil Law
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2013 - Present
👔 EmployerIPS , Government of India
🏡 Home townKolkata, West Bengal
OfficeDeputy Commissioner of Police, Nagpur
👩 Spouse(s)Mrs. Aditi Aparajita
👴 👵 Parents
  • Late. Vishwanath Poddar (father)
  • Mrs. Jyotsana Poddar (mother)
🎓 Alma materLa Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Balliol College
University of Oxford
💼 Occupation
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Harssh A Poddar (born 08 May 1985)[1][2] is an IPS Officer of Maharashtra Cadre[2]. He is an alumnus of the University of Oxford. He was selected to Indian Police Service in 2013[1] He is presently serving as Deputy Commissioner of Police of Nagpur[2].

Early Life[edit]

He was born to Late Vishwanath Poddar and Mrs. Jyotsana Poddar in Kolkata on May 8, 1985[3].He completed his schooling from La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata. He attended the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences to earn a B.A. LL.B. degree. He then went on to study at the University of Oxford to earn Bachelor's in Civil Law[2][4][1].

Police Career[edit]

He joined the Indian Police Service in 2013 and got Maharashtra Cadre[4]. He has served as Assistant Superintendent of police (SP) of Vaijapur[1], Assistant SP of Karveer division in Kolhapur and Additional SP of Malegaon[5]. His work received due attention when he led a three-hour long operation in Malegaon on July 1, 2018 to rescue a family of five (including a two-year old child) [6]from being lynched by a violent mob of 3000 people[7] on false suspicion of being child-kidnappers[8][7][9][5].

Notable Works[edit]

He is known for his fight against fake news[10]. He led a campaign to raise awareness against fake news[11] and initiated criminal proceedings in Malegaon[7][9] against those who spread rumours that could cause law and order outbreaks[12][13][10]. He has piloted an initiative called the Maharashtra Police Youth Parliament Project, which is Maharashtra’s flagship project for large-scale decriminalisation and deradicalisation among the youth[14]. The project is based on the idea of fostering convictions against crime and terror among the youth through a process of self-realisation[1].

Personal Life[edit]

He is married to Mrs. Aditi Aparajita[1]. She has studied law at the University of Oxford and is currently working with an international law firm in Singapore[1][3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

He is the recipient of several awards for his work as an IPS Officer:

  • He received a GFiles Award for Exceptional Contributions to Crime Prevention in 2018.[15]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sanchari Pal (June 19, 2018). "Exclusive: How an IPS Officer's Actions Are Protecting Communally Sensitive Malegaon". The Better India. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Suruchi Kapur Gomes (January 13, 2019). "The officer is a Pioneer". The Asian Age. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pooja Chaudhuri (March 17, 2017). "Winning The Battle Of The Mind Against Crime And Radicalization – An IPS Officer's Initiative In Maharashtra". The Logical Indian. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jovita Aranha (July 18, 2018). "10 Times Indian Cops Won Hearts by Going Beyond the Call of Duty". The Better India. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Logical Indian Crew (January 12, 2018). "This Is How Police Maintained Peace In Malegaon, A Communal Hotbed, During Bhima-Koregaon Protest". The Logical Indian. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  6. "Police stations get iso certification". The Logical Indian. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 DNA Web Team (July 2, 2018). "Lynching averted in Malegaon: Five people including 2-year-old child rescued by police". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. Jovita Aranha (July 2, 2018). "Brave Cops Stop Furious Malegaon Mob From Lynching 5 People, Including 2-YO Baby!". The Better India. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nivedita Niranjankumar (July 2, 2018). "How A Video From Karnataka Spurred A Mob Attack In Malegaon". BOOM. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 DW News (n.d.). "Local authorities in India fight fake news crimes". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  11. Lauren Frayer (July 18, 2018). "Viral WhatsApp Messages Are Triggering Mob Killings In India". NPR. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  12. Vijaita Singh, Yuthika Bharagava (July 7, 2018). "Nothing but lies: Fake videos, rumour set off the lynch mobs". The Hindu. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  13. Rashmi Rajput, Abhishek Saha, Sweety Kumari, Sreenivas Janyala, Johnson T A, Arun Janardhanan, Prashant Pandey, Dipankar Ghose (July 15, 2018). "Lynch mobs acted with impunity knowing victims lived on margins". The Indian Express. Retrieved January 29, 2018.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. Sanchari Pal (March 15, 2018). "This IPS Officer's Idea Has Inspired 42000 Youngsters To Fight Crime And Terrorism". The Better India. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  15. Indo-Asian News Service (December 1, 2018). "D.R. Mehta gets lifetime award at gfiles Governance Awards". Outlook. Retrieved January 29, 2019.