BENGALURU: KV Sharath Chandra, IPS Additional Commisoner of Police, Crime, started with the government services seventeen years ago. His fondest memory is of solving a gruesome murder in a week.
Why government service?
I always wanted to, even as a child. I thought I could do some good solving crimes.
Your first day at work...
My first posting was at Chikkoodi, as Assistant Superintendent, in 1999. What I remember is the warm welcome I received from the staff... with bouquets. That day was spent checking files.
Any fond memories at work?
Again, in Chikkoodi, I received an anonymous letter that dropped hints about a body buried in a well. We conducted a search, found the well and spent an entire night and then a half to drain the water from it. At last, we found the decomposed dead body. It was chopped into pieces and left inside a bag. We cracked that case in seven days and made an arrest, but could never trace the sender of that letter.
One challenge you faced in service...
When I was working in Belagavi, I had to deal with communal riots. Communal tensions were running high then and to deal with it, we formed teams. Everyone, irrespective of seniority, worked together. It was teamwork that really helped in handling that situation.
Any advice for citizens who approach your department.
We are ready to serve you and listen to your grievances, but please be frank. Don’t hold back the facts.
I love reading, particularly, magazines and newspapers. They keep me updated.