Non-IPS officer to head BSF ops at Bangla border

For the first time in its 47-year history, the Border Security Force (BSF) has appointed a non-IPS officer as its commander for the eastern theatre which guards the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The 1975-batch BSF cadre officer, Ravi Kumar Ponoth, has been promoted and appointed as the new Additional Director General (ADG) for the forces' eastern theatre which is tasked to guard the 4,096-km Indo-Bangladesh border, official sources in the forces' frontier headquarters in Kolkata said.

The post of ADG is usually occupied by an IPS officer and the cadre officers of the paramilitary rarely get an opportunity to head this top post.

The incumbent of this post, IPS officer B D Sharma, has been transferred to the BSF headquarters. Ponoth, till now serving as Inspector General (IG) of the BSF South Bengal frontier, will take charge on Monday in Kolkata.

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