The story of IAS officer Kinjal Singh is a tale of struggles and overcoming all odds. She is an IAS with a purpose. Her story starts even before she sat for the IAS examinations. Her father, Deputy Superintendent K. P. Singh was killed in a fake encounter, when she was just five months old.
On March 12, 1982, Singh was given wrong information about dacoits being present at a location. After he reached there he found himself surrounded by close to 18 police officers. He along with 12 other villagers were shot dead to support that he was killed by a gang of dacoits. Prior to this, he was investigating Station House Officer R. B. Saroj in the case of corruption.
After the death of her husband, S P Singh’s widow Vibha got a job in a Varanasi treasury. She had approached the High Court and a CBI investigation was ordered on Supreme Court’s intervention.
Singh’s two daughters Kinjal and Pranjal Singh worked hard to climb the ladder of success in their career. Taking inspiration from their mother, both of them were able to crack IAS Exam in 2007 with Kinjal securing the 25th rank and Pranjal securing the 252nd rank. A major objective for Kinjal to become an IAS officer was to get justice for her father and to see the murderers of his father behind bars.
Vibha fought through a terminal illness to ensure that her daughters became IAS officers and to see justice for her husband.
Vibha always wanted to see her both daughters become IAS officers, just like their father. A big part of her small salary went to educate both the girls. After her mother became too weak to pursue the case, Kinjal decided that she would take up her mother’s fight and ensure that her father’s case went on.
Kinjal and Pranjal’s determination to bring the culprits to justice was so strong that it eventually led a verdict in their favour. After 31 years of struggle, the CBI special court in Lucknow penalised all the 18 perpetrators behind their father DSP Singh’s murder.
Kinjal had worked as District Magistrate of Faizabad. Her work in Lakhimpur Kheri is remembered by people as she installed sheds for school children to take their midday meals. At present, she is working as Vice Chairman- Kanpur Development Authority, UP.