Finally, after the deadly attack on CRPF personnel by Naxals in Sukma, the elite police force got a chief. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, a 1983-batch IPS officer will now head the 3-lakh strong force.
So who is Bhatnagar?
1. Bhatnagar is an IPS officer from the UP cadre.
2. He succeeds Kode Durga Prasad, a 1981-batch IPS officer.
3. Bhatnagar was made the DG of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in 2016.
4. Before that he was the Special DG (Adm.) in CISF, New Delhi.
5. Among those in running for the post of DG CRPF, Bhatnagar was the only one who was not technically holding a DG-rank post.
The DG NCB is basically an ADG rank post.
6. Bhatnagar has been picked by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by PM Modi based on his seniority.
7. Till he was DG NCB, Bhatnagar had been promoted six times between 1987 and 2014.
8. He holds degrees in M.Sc and M.Phil, and is also a PGDM holder from IIM-A.
9. He was honored with the President’s Police Medal on August 15, 2007.
On April 24, almost 300 Naxals attacked a group of CRPF personnel. Twenty-five CRPF jawans attained martyrdom in the attack. The government came in for heavy criticism for delaying the appointment of a DG-rank officer to head CRPF.