Major Reshuffle In J&K Police On Cards

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DGP, IGP’s; Several SSP’s Likely To Get Shifted

Srinagar: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is all set to make a major reshuffle in the Jammu and Kashmir Police department for the first time since the abrogation of special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two Union Territories.

In the major reshuffle, DGP Dilbagh Singh, IGP rank officers, several SSP’s and SP’s are likely to be shifted and transferred to new places for posting, a local news agency KDC reported Friday while quoting unnamed sources.

“The exercise for a massive reshuffle in police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed and finalized for the transfer of senior IPS officers holding key positions in the J&K Police. The process for deputation of several senior officers and return of some others from centre deputation to J&K Police, have been set into motion,” sources said.

The DGP is all set to join next posting as Central government on last Thursday cleared the empanelment of 29 Indian Police Service officers to hold Director General level or equivalent posts across the country in different departments.

These officers are from 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988 batches. The empanelment of these officers for DG-level and equivalent posts is considered by a Selection Committee comprising the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Secretary (Personnel) and the Director of Intelligence Bureau.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, a 1987-batch Jammu and Kashmir cadre officer is also in the list.

The report said that Dr. B Sriniwas (IPS) (JK-90) Commandant General, HG/CD/SDRF J&K with additional Charge Director Fire & Emergency Services and V. K. Singh (RR-87) DGP Prisons J&K are among the new faces for the new DGP of J&K UT.

The report further said that the new DGP is likely to assume office in the first week of March. It also added that Alok Pouri and Gareeb Dass will get new postings of IGP’s in Jammu and Kashmir respectively.

Sources told KDC that the MHA have shortlisted the selection process of DGP and other officers holding key posts and the process will be finalized this week.

They said that district SSP’s list is also being finalized in coming days adding that Srinagar, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kathua, SSP Crime Branch Kashmir and SP’s from Awantipora, Sopore, SP East and North of Srinagar city and SSP Cyber Crime Kashmir are among are likely to get transferred.

Intel Chief Promoted To DGP Rank

Meanwhile latest reports suggest that the Jammu & Kashmir’s intelligence chief, RR Swain, and another senior IPS officer have been promoted to the rank of director general of police.

According to an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, R R Swain and A K Choudhary have been promoted to DGP rank with effect from 01 January, 2021.

Swain, who is ADGP, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has held key positions in Jammu & Kashmir including district police chief of both Srinagar and Jammu districts-considered the most sensitive assignments in J&K.

He also served as DIG of the State Vigilance Organisation, now known as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

He returned from central deputation last year and was posted as ADGP CID.

The other IPS officer who was promoted is A.K. Choudhary(ADGP, Armed Police).

With this order, the number of DGP rank officers of J&K cadre which was merged with AGMUT has gone to eight, of which three are on central deputation.

The officers with DGP rank are Navin Aggarwal (central deputation), V.K. Singh (DGP, Prisons), SM Sahai (central deputation), Dilbagh Singh (DGP, J&K Police), Laltendu Mohanti (central deputation) and Dr. B. Srinivas (Commandant General, HG/CD & SDRF)

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