March 22, 2023

viresh kumar bhawra: Amid row over PM ‘security lapse’, Punjab appoints new DGP | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Punjab government on Saturday appointed IAS officer Viresh Kumar Bhawra as the new DGP of the state amid row over “major lapses in security” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s visit to Punjab.
1987-batch IPS Viresh Kumar Bhawra has served at key postings in Punjab and centre at Intelligence Bureau (IB).
“On the consideration of the panel received from Union Public Service Commission, the Governor of Punjab is pleased to appoint Viresh Kumar Bhawra, IPS, as Director General of Police, Punjab (Head of Police Force). His term shall be for a minimum period of two years from the date of assumption of office in pursuance of the orders of the Supreme Court dated July 3, 2018,” the Punjab government said in its order.
The Central government on Thursday constituted a three-member committee, led by Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat, and comprising of Balbir Singh, Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau, and S Suresh, IG, Special Protection Group, to enquire into the “major lapses in security” during Modi’s visit to Punjab.
After he was stranded on the flyover due to a blockade by protesters, the prime minister had to return from the poll-bound state without attending any event, including a rally.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi denied there was any security lapse or political motive behind it and said his government was ready for an inquiry.
The Punjab government has also set up a committee on Wednesday to enquire into the incident.
(With agency inputs)

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