Senior police officers, including subordinate ranks police officials, looked up to DGP Pranab Nanda for his calibre and professional behaviour.
Always jovial, he would never miss an opportunity to add humour to the informal talks.
However, when it came to work, he was focused, and owing to his work ethics he was admired by every police official.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jaspal Singh said that Nanda was a very dynamic, cheerful and no-nonsense officer.
“He was a welfare-oriented officer and till last he was vigorously pursuing the matter of promotion of all ranks. He was also an institution builder. He was instrumental in inducting all terrain vehicles (ATVs) for beach patrolling. A perfect combination of task structured and welfare-oriented leader,” Singh said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Bosco George said, “I would say he was an officer and gentleman. Because he was clear and firm in his decisions and pragmatic to the difficulties of the men in line of duty.”
Nanda had made a mark about his professional behavior years back when he was first posted in Goa.
A senior officer who worked under him in those days recalls how Nanda participated in a number of police operations to track down criminals and anti-social elements.
“He was an officer with a difference”, recalled the police officer.
After taking over as the DGP, Goa, Nanda had said “whatever programmes that are going on I will continue, which benefit the government of Goa and the people of Goa. So, the priority remains people of Goa.”
1988 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre, Nanda took charge as Goa DGP on March 1, this year.
Nanda was in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for nearly 20 years before being posted to Goa.
Nanda had served in a number of places including Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi. He joined the Intelligence Bureau, MHA in 2001 on deputation to the central government, and remained posted there, till he joined back the cadre earlier this year.
During his tenure in IB, he had handled VVIP security in India and abroad, dealt with counter-insurgency and militancy in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
He had rich experience in counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. When he was posted to the Embassy of India, Kabul, Afghanistan, he had handled the security of Indians and projects being implemented by the Government of India there.
He was the recipient of Indian police medal for meritorious service, President’s police medal for distinguished service, special duty medal for hard area and 50thanniversary of Independence medal. Besides, he was awarded a number of commendations during his career. He had graduated from the Delhi University. He had undergone training with several Indian and security agencies in USA and Europe.