May 2003 News

J&K Govt Replaces DGP Suri

19 May 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday effected a major reshuffle in the police department, replacing director general of police A K Suri with additional DGP Gopal Sharma, a 1971 batch IPS officer. IPS officers M K Mohanty and Rajan Bakshi have also been promoted to the rank of directors general, official sources said. Suri, who has been heading the J&K police force since 2000, is proceeding on leave, sources said. Suri was in the thick of a controversy during the recent assembly elections over the deployment of the special operations group (SOG), despite an Election Commission directive that the force be kept under restraint. The reshuffle is said to be the first after the change of guard in the state. Two officers, Kuldeep Khuda and Ashok Bhan, have been promoted as additional directors general. In the civil administration, M M Bhat, secretary (home), has been transferred to the education department. Meanwhile, violence continued in different parts of the state. On Sunday night, unidentified militants hacked to death six members of a family near Mehra Top under Rajouri police station. The deceased included four women and two children. Sources said a member of the family, Khan Mohammed, was a special police officer (SPO), and since SPOs organise anti-terrorist village defence committees, they are the prime targets of militants. Khan Mohammed is currently under training at the Udhampur police academy. In Srinagar, 13 people were injured in a grenade blast at the Batmaloo bus stand on Monday afternoon. Just 15 minutes before this blast, militants had lobbed a grenade at a BSF picket near the bus stand.


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