Jammu and Kashmir Government on September 6, 2018 appointed Dilbagh Singh as the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state.
As per the government order, Director General (Prisons), Dilbagh Singh has been given additional charge of Director General of Police, till a regular arrangement is made. He will have a regular appointment only after his name is cleared by the UPSC.
Singh replaces Shesh Paul Vaid, who was removed from the post and was appointed as the Transport Commissioner in the State’s General Administrative Department (GAD). Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Director General of Police in December 2016 and is due to retire in October 2019.
The government order comes as a part of reshuffle of the top-level police officers in the state. Earlier, on September 4, 2018, Deputy Director General Abdul Gani Mir was replaced by Dr B Srinivas.
Some more orders regarding the reshuffle are likely to come, in which Arun Chaudhury is likely to be appointed as the Director General of Prisons and SJM Gilani as the Additional Director General of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police.
The transfer of officials comes a week after terrorists abducted 12 relatives of policemen in south Kashmir. They were all released unharmed, but only after the release of father of the terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
About Dilbagh Singh
• Dilbagh Singh is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1987 batch.
• He was appointed as the Director General (Prisons) in March 2018 after the escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Naved Jhatt while he was on a routine health check-up at a city hospital in February.
• During his tenure as Director General of Prisons, Singh streamlined many things including the removal of dangerous terrorists from Kashmir jails.
• He had earlier served as Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Jammu.
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