Pu Lalrokhuma Pachuau, a senior Indian Police Service officer of the 1977 Karnataka cadre took charge as new Director-General and Inspector-General of Police (DG&DIG). Pachuau is the second IPS officer from the Mizo community to hold high office in the state after former top cop Pu Hmar Tlawmte Sangliana, who is now the vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities.
Pachuau often referred “LR” among his colleagues was born on March 1, 1955 and friends said the “hard working kid then” went on to graduate from the North Eastern Hill University after which he was selected as an IPS officer in 1977.
Joining the Karnataka cadre, he severed as Superintendent of Police in various district across the state. He was given several post like DIGP Anti-Terrorist Cell, DIGP Intelligence, DIGP Forest Cell, DIGP (Administration), Addl. Commissioner of Police Bangalore City, IGP DCRE and IGP North-Eastern Range Gulbarga.
Though not as colourful as Sangliana or Shankar Bidari who both were highly celebrated due to their operation against forest brigand Veerappan, Pachuau, according to friends has been “responsible for bringing peace in insurgency hit state of Mizoram because of his articulate strategy in the way he pursues his goals”. He was also highly praised by fellow colleagues when he served as the Executive Director of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation Ltd during which he oversaw the construction of police quarters.
Pachuau, the soft spoken officer, was also given charge of ADGP Karnataka Lokayukta before going on deputation to Mizoram on October 9, 2007.
Pachuau has received various awards. Among these are the Mizoram Police(Special Duty) Medal 1990; Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service 1996 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service 2004.
Pachuau is fully backed by ‘home minister’ Pi Lalmuankimi at the home front with whom he had three children.