Ashiq Bukhari’s one-day stint as DIG ends

JAMMU: Top counter-insurgency expert Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, Saturday, attained superannuation on Monday after serving as Deputy Inspector General of Police Senior for just for a day.

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has granted him induction into Indian Police Service (IPS) and ordered that his seniority be fixed between DIG Central Kashmir Ghulam Hassan Bhat and DIG CID Headquarters Syed Kifayat Haider.

On January 31, 2014, Bukhari had reached superannuation as a KPS officer on attaining age of 58 years. It happened two months before the Omar Abdullah government raised the retirement age of the State services employees from 58 to 60 years.

Induction into IPS would give two more years of service to Bukhari besides his elevation to the rank of DIG by virtue of his fresh fixation of the seniority as SP.

Well placed sources in the government insist that he could be immediately adjusted as a member or head of a board or commission owing to his proximity and known loyalty to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

With his unmatched profile on counter-insurgency front, Bukhari has served as SSP of Budgam, Anantnag and Srinagar districts besides brief tenures as SP CIK, AIG Provisions at Police Headquarters and SSP Crime Branch.

Bukhari was bid farewell at an impressive function where Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar, lauded his role. 

“Mr Bukhari rendered an exemplary service and has been always loyal to the law, which has been recognized at different levels,” DG said.

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