Maharashtra: Prakash Ambedkar’s VBA Nominates Former IPS Officer Abdur Rahman for Dhule Lok Sabha Seat

Abdur Rahman IPS Dhule Lok Sabha
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Amit Singh & Tikam Shekhawat

Mumbai/Dhule, 31st March 2024: The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), under the leadership of Prakash Ambedkar, announced its second list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections in Maharashtra. Among the nominees is Abdur Rahman, a former IPS officer from the Maharashtra cadre, who will contest from the Dhule constituency. 

He had resigned from the IPS in protest of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in 2019. He has written three books – Absent in Politics and Power: Political Exclusion of Indian Muslims, Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims after the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports and Sachar Ki Sifarishein.

Rahman, who hails from Bihar, is known for his distinguished service in the police force and brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the political arena.

Abdur Rahman, born on January 8, 1973, holds a diverse educational background. He completed his secondary education at Bipin High School, Bettiah, West Champaran, Bihar, followed by SSC from Science College Patna, Bihar. Rahman pursued a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur, graduating in 1995. His academic journey laid the foundation for a remarkable career in public service.

Rahman’s professional journey began in 1997 when he was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) through the Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC. Over the span of 19 years, Rahman served in various capacities, demonstrating exceptional leadership and dedication to duty.

Throughout his tenure, Rahman undertook key responsibilities across different districts in Maharashtra, exhibiting a strong commitment to maintaining law and order and implementing innovative measures for community welfare. Noteworthy among his assignments include his role as Superintendent of Police (SP) in Dhule from 2002 to 2004.

During his tenure in Dhule, Rahman tackled the prevalent issue of highway robberies and dacoity with strategic anti-crime operations, significantly reducing criminal activities on the NH-3, NH-6, and NH-211 National Highways. His proactive approach to traffic management earned widespread appreciation, with his initiatives later adopted by the Dhule Municipal Corporation.

Rahman’s contributions extended beyond law enforcement, as evidenced by his tenure as Principal of the Police Training School in Solapur, where he oversaw the professional training of police recruits, ensuring a skilled and disciplined force.

In addition to his commendable service record, Rahman has been recognized with several awards and honors, including the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award and the Rajiv Gandhi Administrative Excellence Award from the Maharashtra Government. These accolades underscore Rahman’s commitment to communal harmony, infrastructure development, and administrative reform.

As a candidate for the Dhule Lok Sabha seat, Rahman brings a unique blend of leadership, integrity, and a proven track record of public service. His nomination reflects VBA’s commitment to fielding candidates of merit and experience, poised to address the diverse needs and aspirations of the electorate.

Rahman’s entry into electoral politics marks a significant development, symbolizing the convergence of administrative expertise and political activism in Maharashtra’s democratic landscape. His candidacy holds promise for the constituents of Dhule, offering a vision of inclusive governance and progressive leadership.    


1. ASP, Latur City (11.10.1999 to 21.05.2001): Handled Law & Order effectively in the district of then Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh. Controlled criminal activity and increased detection of property-related crimes and ensured quick registration of offences at all Police Stations. 

2. Addl. SP, Yavatmal (31.05.2001 to 22.08.2002: Controlled agrarian and communal problems effectively. Controlled illegal passenger traffic in the district and thereby enhancing govt. revenue. 

3. SP, Dhule (23.08.2002 to 22.07.2004): NH-3, NH-6 and NH-211 National Highways across the district and the district was notorious for highway robbery and dacoity. Planned and effectively implemented anti-dacoity operations and controlled highway robberies. Implemented various measures to control city traffic and introduced many modern methods of regulating traffic. These methods were later adopted by Dhule Municipal Corporation(DMC) and widely appreciated by citizens of the district.

4. SP, Chandrapur (23.07.2004 to 15.06.2005): Planned and implemented sensitive anti- naxalite operations while winning the hearts of the people through various developmental initiatives including access to water, health, employment and education in the district. 

 5. Commandant, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Group IV, Nagpur (16.06.2005 to 30.07.2006): Started many welfare schemes for the staff and deployed the State Reserve Police Force in sensitive areas like Gadchiroli and Gondia. Also trained two Companies of SRPF for disaster management.

6. SP, Yavatmal (31.07.2006 to 16.06.2008): Conceptualized and executed various police infrastructure projects in the district such as construction of Police Stations, SDPO / SP offices, residential accommodation for policemen and officers to enable more citizen-friendly police environments and morale of the force. Was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Administrative Excellence Award of the Maharashtra Government in 2008. Controlled communal riots and maintained peace in the district for which he was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award of the Maharashtra Government. 

7. Principal, Police Training School, Solapur (31.07.2008 to 10.06.2010):  Planned and delivered the complete professional training of four batches of raw police recruits while ensuring the efficient running of the sensitive police establishment.

8. Superintendent of Police, Govt. Railway Police (GRP), Pune (16.06.2010 to 18.06.2012): Prepared a comprehensive database of criminals involved in looting of train passengers by giving them poisonous or other sleep inducing substances, a concept now used extensively nationally.

9. Addl. CP (Admin.), Pune City (20.06.2012 to 21.05.2015): Led the complete HR responsibility of the 10,000 strong police force in Pune City as Addl. CP of Administration for 3 years. Conducted two major recruitment exercises selecting around 2000 fresh policemen. Efficiently managed an annual budget of around Rs 400 crore. Secured all governmental approvals and project managed construction of six new Police Stations. Completely streamlined the office work of the CP office. Digitized all service records and arms license data.  

10. Dy. IGP, Wireless, Maharashtra State, Pune (08.06.2015 till February 2016)

11. Dy. IGP, Economic Offences Wing, CID (Crime), Pune (20.09.2016 )

12. Resigned from IPS as Add DGP

Awards/ Honors:

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award of Maharashtra Government (2008): For maintaining communal harmony and effectively controlling communal riots in Yavatmal.
  2. Rajiv Gandhi Administrative Excellence Award of Maharashtra Government (2008): For creating infrastructure and bringing reforms in police administration.
  3. Peoples Forum Award in Dhule (2004): For introducing modern methods of controlling traffic in Dhule City.
  4. Special Service Medal of Director General of Police (2012): For successfully working and organizing anti-naxal operations in districts like Chandrapur and Yavatmal.