P C Thakur appointed new Gujarat DGP

The Gujarat government appointed P C Thakur as the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state late on Monday. The government also promoted Rajkot Police Commissioner H P Singh to the rank of the DGP, filling two vacant posts of the DGP ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Thakur replaces additional DGP Pramod Kumar, a 1983 batch IPS officer, who was serving as the in-charge DGP from August this year after former DGP Amitabh Pathak died of a heart attack in Thailand.

The 1979 batch IPS officer, Thakur was the additional DGP prisons from last three years. He had recently written to the state government asking it to appoint a regular DGP in the state. Thakur was at a centre of a controversy when the Ahmedabad serial blast accused, allegedly from the Indian Mujahideen, who was lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail, had dug up a 200-feet tunnel inside the jail premises to escape. The case, probed by the Ahmedabad crime branch, had found negligence and involvement of the jail authorities.

Thakur, who is the only IPS officer of his batch in Gujarat cadre, has served 34 years of his service in various posts of Gujarat police at the top ranks. Thakur, a native of Himachal Pradesh, is regarded as a soft-spoken, but a strict officer. Thakur's junior, H P Singh, is the 1980 batch officer who is the current Rajkot Police Commissioner.

Rajnish Rai promoted, Rahul Sharma left out

AHMEDABAD: The state government promoted Sohrabuddin investigator policeman Rajnish Rai to the rank of the Inspector General of Police, along with 14 IPS officers in the state who have been promoted to the rank of IGP. Rai, an officer from 1992 batch, had arrested D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N in the Sohrabuddin Shiekh fake encounter case. However, the government left out DIG Rahul Sharma, who is also an officer from the 1992 batch.

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