Amit Lodha Bio: “Even elites like Doctors, Engineers and Businessmen were hesitant to visit Bihar. They were scared because nobody knew when they or any family member would get kidnapped or worse still, shot at.” These are the phase recalled by Amit Lodha, DIG-BSF of Jaisalmer and former IPS officer of Bihar cadre while he was posted in Bihar as an ASP. During his period as an IPS officer, he was known for his daring behaviour and for fearlessly sharing his thoughts without thinking about what will happen next.
One of the bravest tasks that are penned in the history of Bihar was to arrest the Ashok Mahto (known as Gabbar Singh of Sheikhpura). It was done by Mr Ladho along with his team of Police officers who never gave up on the case and caught Mahto red-handed. To get motivated and pumped up, let’s learn more about Amit Lodha, his personal life and his contributions towards the country.
Amit Lodha Bio
He was a newbie when he was appointed as an IPS in one of the deadliest Indian states. Without any clue of how politics and bullying were supporting each other, he encountered loads of challenges in his professional life. But he didn’t get disheartened and decided to free Bihar from one of the most wanted criminals of the state. If you want to learn more about Amit Lodha, then check out the sections explained in the rest of the article.
IPS Amit Lodha Biography: Overview
|48 years (as of 2022)
|Date of Birth
|22nd Feb 1974 (Friday)
|Civil Servant & Author
|Father: Narendra Lodha (Doctor)
|1 younger brother: Aditya Lodha
|St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur
|Tennis & Squash
Amit Lodha Early Life & Personal Life
Amit Ladho was born on 22nd Feb 1974 and follows Hinduism as a religion. After few months after his birth, his family relocated to Jaipur, Rajasthan. His father started working as a Doctor at Sawai Mansingh & his mother was a housemaker who took care of her family. Following the footsteps of his maternal grandmother, Lodha desired to become an IAS Officer and participate in the country’s development.
Back in the year 1999, Amit tied the knot with Tanu Lodha and the couple has been blessed with a son and a daughter. He frequently uploads photos of his wife and kids on his social media account to keep his followers updated.
Amit Lodha Educational Qualification
Along with his Class 12th pressure, he prepared for IIT and his hard work paid off by cracking the entrance exam on the first attempt. He was ragged by his senior for 15 days continuously and always suffered from an inferiority complex. In an interview, he shared that his life at IIT was living in a real hell and said
“I failed at everything and suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. I thought I was the unluckiest person in the world and my grades started getting worst and interpersonal relations got poor. Although my friends liked me for the goodness in my heart. But even they stayed away from me because I was quiet and perceived to be strange. Never invited to parties or the first choice when it comes to sharing a room.”
Due to his poor relations and inferiority complex, Amit managed to graduate from IIT with low grades. With such low scores in academics, he wasn’t able to find a good job and make his family proud of him. But with never-ending sportsmanship, he decided to prepare for Civil Services Examination. In 1998, he cleared Civil Services Exam and became an IPS officer of the Bihar cadre.
Amit Ladho & Ashok Mahto
Post the completion of his training, Ladho was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) at one of the highest-rating Indian states i.e. Bihar. Recalling his experience, he stated that it was a hard time for all of them, especially for residents. Since they were too afraid to speak or walk in the street as no one knew when will they get shot or kidnapped.
Through Amit’s intelligence & quick decision, the police department was able to number of cases with ease. It made them heroes among the residents across the state. It gave them a little hope that the state will soon be able to breathe freely without any fear. He encouraged people to directly call his landline number in case of any issues/emergencies.
Cleaning Bihar at that period wasn’t a piece of cake, because the terror of Ashok Mahto was spread across the state. Mahto got a full supply of finance along with the riffles and other equipment with support from corrupted politicians. The bravery of Ladho was heard by him through some sources and to maintain his threat, Ashok Mahto along with Pinto Mahto killed 15 people in Sheikhpura over two nights.
To nab such a heartless criminal who was supported by politicians and other allies wasn’t easy for the police department. The cat-and-mouse chase involved other states also. Finally, after three months they were able to nab him which made Amit a national star. Remembering that period, he shared
“To nab Ashok Mahto, I had to think like a criminal. What was he thinking? What would his next move be? I read his cases and studied how he committed crimes. On 13th August, we arrested him.”
Amit Lodha & The Bihar Diaries
In 2018, Amit decided to put together his professional expressions into words and drafted a book and named it ‘Bihar Diaries: The True Story Of How Bihar’s Most Dangerous Criminal Was Caught.’ It was edited by Twinkle Khanna and published by Penguin Random House.
No doubt saying that India has seen many brave-hearted police officers but only a few of them get the chance to get screened by Filmfare Award Nominee Neeraj Pandey. On 25th Nov 2022, a web series named Khakee: The Bihar Diaries was released on Netflix based on a chapter in Amit Lodha’s life. Indian Actor Karan Tacker portrayed the role of Amit Lodha and Avinash Tiwary played the gangster role in the series.
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