K.C.K. Raja, former Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, passed away in Bangalore on Saturday. He was 86 and leaves behind his wife and four children.

The cremation was held on Sunday at the Kalpalli Crematorium and was attended among others by several police officers, both retired and serving. The Bangalore Police gave a guard of honour. L.R. Pachau, Director-General and Inspector-General of Police and Jyoti Prakash Mirji, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, were present.

Born in 1926 in a family of the erstwhile Zamorins of Kozhikode, Mr. Raja joined the Indian Police Service in 1951 as part of the first batch of Regular Recruits in the erstwhile Hyderabad State cadre. After the reorganisation of States in 1956, Mr. Raja was assigned to the Mysore cadre. He held several important positions in Karnataka and served on deputation as Superintendent of Police, Naga Hills district in undivided Assam, and as Inspector-General of Police, Border Security Force, Kashmir.

He was widely admired for his uprightness and integrity by police personnel of all ranks and was also a mentor to junior officials. As the principal of the Police Training College, Mysore, from 1966 to 1970, he played a key role in modernising the training establishment. He also served as the Chief Government Censor during the Emergency in the mid-70’s.

Mr. Raja was the recipient of the President’s police medal for distinguished service and a medal for Service in Difficult Areas. He was deeply interested in literature and music and was the founder president of the Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha.