Kashmir, Jammu likely to get new IGPs soon

KL Report

Srinagar

With a departmental promotion committee (DPC) having already sanctioned promotions for SM Sahai and Dilbagh Singh to the rank of ADGPs, the Kashmir and Jammu provinces are likely to get new inspectors general of police (IGPs), sources told KNS.

Senior IPS officers Javed Gilani, Abdul Ghani Mir, Deepak Kumar and Munir Khan are said to be the top contenders for the posts of IGP.

According to sources, the state government may soon announce a major revamp in the police and civil administration, partly due to promotions approved for 15 senior-most IPS officers serving in Jammu and Kashmir. “There is need for splitting and creating additional posts of ADGPs to accommodate those recently promoted. This can only be done through a major reshuffle in higher ranks of police”, they added.

Apart from Sahai and Singh, two other officers to be elevated as additional directors general of police (ADGPs) are Sheikh Owais Ahmad and VK Singh.

The DPC meet held in Jammu under chief secretary Madhav Lal had also approved promoting deputy inspectors general (DIGs) Rajesh Kumar, Satish Khandari, SD Singh Jamwal, and T Namgyal as IGPs.

Senior superintendents of police (SSPs) promoted as DIGs include Anand Jain, SR Samuel, Asrar Khan, Nisar Ahmad, Ashkoor Wani, Jagdish Lal Sharma and Nitish Kumar.

Meanwhile, a senior Minister in the state government dismissed any possibility of reshuffle in the police or civil administration in the near future.

“Major changes in police and civil administration are on agenda, however, in wake of hanging of Afzal Guru and the resultant situation it will not be possible to effect the changes as of now. The appointment of new IGPs has been discussed but we will have to wait for the right time to make changes”, the minister said wishing not to be named.

“It will depend upon overall situation as to when the changes will be made but most certainly not before the Budget session of the state assembly is over”, he added.

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