Abhash Kumar (born 1965 at Patna) alias Abhash Kumar Nidhi, a renowned police officer in Tamil Nadu, belongs to 1990 batch of the prestigious Indian Police Service. He is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He shot to fame for putting down caste based riots in southern Tamil Nadu with iron hands. He was instrumental in the construction of a 40-foot bridge over a channel at Virudunagar, a district headquarters in Tamil Nadu, through public participation and contribution. It went on to ease traffic congestion in Virudunagar town considerably. It was famously christened as Police Bridge by the locals and is still known by that name.
He was one of the first police officers in the country to constitute Human Rights Cells, at the police station level. Subsequently the Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai drafted him on its panel to design the syllabus on 'human rights' for higher studies.
He was awarded with the Communal Harmony Award for his efforts.
The Periyar University in Tamil Nadu has appointed him as the Honorary Visiting Faculty for his efforts taken in the field of training of youths. He has conducted many modules on the subject of 'Leadership' at the university. His programs have been attended by some of the top academicians in the country. The seminar conducted by him on this topic at Vinayaga Deemed University, Salem was attended by the top names in the field of Medical profession in the country. He carries wide variety of interests and has published many articles in reputed journals.
Election Commission of India posted him as Commissioner of Police, Madurai City during general elections to Parliament in May 2004, when opposition parties levelled allegations against the then COP, Madurai City.
On 14 August 2007, he was awarded with the Gandhi Sahyoga Award (Associate of Gandhi Award) by the governor of Tamil Nadu, Surjit Singh Barnala.
He is also the recipient of the prestigious 'President Medal for Meritorious Services', 2007.
He was posted as Commissioner of Police, Madurai City by the Election Commission during May 2009 replacing the incumbent officer, when the high voltage General Election for Parliament was contested by Mr Aligiri, Hon'Union Minister of Chemical and Fertilizer and son of the serving Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Again in December 2009, he was brought in as Inspector General of Police (IGP), South Zone in Tamil Nadu by the Election Commission of India, replacing the incumbent IGP, South Zone when allegations surfaced against him. Mr Abhash Kumar then supervised the bye election to the Assembly of Tamil Nadu for Thiruchendur constituency. After that he was posted as IGP, Tamil Nadu Police Academy, Oonamancheri, Chennai and was instrumental in total overhaul of the training syllabus for all ranks in Tamil Nadu. Subsequently, he headed the Crime, SIT and was in charge of enforcement of narcotics control in the State. He also headed Special Task Force for some time in the year 2010 and was involved in anti-naxalite operations in the State. He was selected as board member for interviewing nearly 2500 candidates who had been called for interview for the posts of Sub Inspector in Tamil Nadu through a written test.
He is serving as the Inspector General of Police, Intelligence (Internal Security) and is responsible for internal security related matters in the State.
- "I don't want half the things I buy", Industrial Economist, 15–20 Dec 2002
- http://www.indeconomist.com/ 15–20 Dec, 2002
- "Afghan Specter on India – A Historical Perspective", The Hindu, 25 Feb 2003
- "Security Threat to South India", The New Indian Express, 17 Nov 2004
- "Cycle of Destiny", Tamil Nadu Police Journal, Vol-1, Issue-1, Jan–March 2007
- "Extra–Ordinary Perception", Tamil Nadu Police Sesquicentennial Souvenir, 2009
In addition, he has authored three books.
- Muslims in Tamilnadu
- Compendium on Terrorists, Insurgents and Extremists Groups in India
- a novel in Hindi, Hashiye Par (English On The Sidelines)
He has published a research paper on "Extra-Ordinary Perception".
He has served in various capacities in the Police department, as Superintendent of Police of Kanyakumari and Virudunagar Districts, as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order and Traffic in Chennai Metropolitan Police, as Commissioner of Police of Salem and Madurai Cities and as Deputy Inspector General of Police of Salem and Thanjavur Ranges. He was sent to Madurai city as Commissioner of Police by the Election Commission of India during 2009, General Elections when the incumbent Commissioner of Police was removed due to misconduct. He is presently serving as Inspector General of Police in Tamil Nadu Police. He was born in 1965 at Patna and is married to Minakshi Nigam, an entrepreneur. The couple has two kids, Anubhav Nidhi and Neil Nilay Nidhi.
- 'Creating Awareness: Abhash Kumar, D.I.G. of Police speaking at the inauguration of a two-day workshop on enforcement of intellectual property rights laws by police force The Hindu, 10 Sep. 2006
- 'Two-wheelers to come with safety package' (interview with Mr. Abhash Kumar, former Commissioner of Police) The Hindu, 31 May 2004
- 'Police personnel get Chief Minister's medals' The Hindu 27 Jan 2007
- '8 IPS officers transferred' Times of India, 25 Aug. 2001
- http://www.thehinduimages.com/ [for both Abhash Kumar and Abash Kumar]