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Amitabh Yash is currently Inspector General of Police (Special Task Force) in the state of UP. He received his education from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and IIT, Kanpur. He served as Senior Superintendent of Police in various districts of UP including Saharanpur, Noida, Bulandsahar Barabanki and Jalaun, As Deputy Inspector General at Kanpur, Moradabad and Banda and IG at Gorakhpur. As a professional police officer, Amitabh specialized in Operations. He first honed his skills at Jalaun, a district then infested by heavily armed bands of brigands who virtually ruled the place. He eliminated the dreaded 'Nirbhay Gurjar’ gang and was awarded a Police Medal for Gallantry. In 2007, he was asked to lead the Special Task Force of the UP police. Within a few months, he eliminated the dreaded ‘Dadua’ gang in Chitrakoot for which he was publicly felicitated by the CM of UP and awarded another Medal for Gallantry by Govt. of India. He was also involved in many successful Anti- terrorist operations, ops against organized crime, drug syndicates, fake currency rackets and wildlife crime groups, to name a few. The most visible operations were the decimation of around twenty dacoit gangs of Bundelkhand region of UP and MP. These gangs had ruled the social, political and economic landscape for more than thirty years. His third Gallantry Medal came on account of the elimination of the dreaded gang of 'Thokia', who had ambushed and killed six of the best STF Commandoes of STF. He has also been awarded the 'Police Medal for Meritorious Services' and the 'Chief Minister's Outstanding Services Medal.' He is among the most decorated Police Officers of UP. As SSP (Kanpur), Amitabh had worked on resolution of family and marital disputes through positive counselling, involving local eminent personalities of repute and NGOs. The efforts led to saving hundreds of families from expensive litigation and disintegration. As IG (Gorakhpur Zone), he made special efforts to curb trafficking of young women and children. Special seminars were organized to involve children’s homes and orphanages as well as NGOs to sensitize policemen. A major earthquake in Nepal had led to a collapse of the Nepalese economy, making the economically weaker sections especially vulnerable to such activities. He has also been involved in the formulation and implementation of transparent recruitment processes as Secretary of the UP Police Recruitment and Promotion Board. Yash is currently working on an ambitious Government project for universal availability of integrated emergency services for public safety and security throughout the state of UP. Amitabh is married to Renu Singh (IFS), Chief conservator of Forests of the Endangered Species Project at Lucknow. She is an avid wildlifer and was recently conferred the 'Devi Award' for her contribution in the field of wild-life protection. He has two daughters, Pratyaksha and Pihu. Amitabh is a keen photographer and loves riding.