NEW DELHI: Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar was appointed as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday. His appointment comes two days after the CRPF lost 25 jawans in the deadly Sukma attack. Bhatnagar will be replacing acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia.Currently, Bhatnagar serves as DG of the Narcotics Control Bureau - an ADG rank post which has temporarily been upgraded(उन्नत किया गया) to a Special DG rank. Bhatnagar belongs to the 1983 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS). In another key appointment, R K Pachnanda was appointed as DG of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He'll be taking over from Krishna Chaudhary, who is set to retire in June this year. Pachnanda is serving as DG of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India's specialized force for responding to natural disasters and CBRN emergencies(आपातकालीन).
The new appointments comes in the light of the Maoist attack+ in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six others were injured.
CRPF, the largest paramilitary force in the world, was operating without a chief+ since its former director general K Durga Prasad retired on February 28. The government had not been able to find a replacement even after almost two months and ADG Sudeep Lakhtakia was asked to fill in as the DG.