The story of Bihar cadre IPS Shivdeep Lande is nothing less than to that of a star. Lande is currently posted in his home state Maharashtra. Lande was transferred to Mumbai as the head of Narcotics Department. Lande was born and brought up in a very poor family of Maharashtra’s Akola district. Lande’s father was a farmer in Akola, whereas, his mother was a housewife. Lande had gained popularity for his working style soon after getting posted as the Superintendent of Police, Patna, Jansatta.com reports. Lande is married to Mamata, daughter of Maharashtra Minister Vijay Shivtare. The IPS officer had met his spouse during a party at a friend’s place. Lande says that he used to donate 60 per cent of his salary for social causes before marriage. However, due to increased financial burden, the donations have come down to 30-40 per cent after marriage.
His reputation was so good as an effective policing authority that protests erupted on streets, conspiracy theories buzzed in government offices, and even chief minister Nitish Kumar had to face questions when Lande was transferred to Araria district from Patna, Indian Express reports. The report says that in Lande’s 9 month tenure, he made headlines a number of time and even came out with creative ideas to counter issues. In one such example, IE reports, Lande asked women students of Magadh Mahila College and Patna Women’s College, who faced crank calls and harassment, to divert their calls to his number. There’s even a Facebook fan page on him.
Young women would line up to get his autograph, and flood his inbox with SMSes, the report says. “I also tried to follow up my action by turning up at Magadh Mahila College to deal with such boys. I did reprimand some publicly and slapped some around. But I also ensured no case was lodged against them,” he was quoted as saying by Express.