` Under fire, govt appoints Rai as CRPF head.
COUPLE of days after the CRPF lost 25 men to Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh, the Centre Wednesday appointed senior police officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as the new head of the force.
The force was headless for the last two months after the retirement of director general K Durga Prasad and the government had come under criticism for the delay in appointing the new head in the period during which the force lost over 35 personnel at almost the same location.
" Bhatnagar, a 1983- batch IPS officer, will be new director general of the CRPF, while senior IPS officer RK Pachnanda was also appointed as the head of Indo- Tibetan Border Police force," said a government officer.
Bhatnagar is currently posted as director general Narcotics Control Bureau ( NCB) and has earlier served as additional director general CISF. Pachnanda was earlier recommended for heading the CRPF but it was not accepted by the government. The new ITBP chief is the senior- most police officer from the 1973 batch followed by Bhatnagar.
Twenty- five CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush laid by the naxalites in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh at a time when they were providing protection for a new road being constructed there.
The force's leadership has been under severe criticism as there was total intelligence failure in the attack where the Naxalites managed to escape with a host of weapons including AK- 47 rifles, grenade launchers and large quantity of ammunition from there.
IPS officer RK Pachnanda selected to head ITBP
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