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Rajendra Prasad Sharma assumes office as DGP of Odisha

Bhubaneswar, August 31, 2017: Dr Rajendra Prasad Shamra, an IPS Officer of 1986 batch,  assumed the office of Director General of Police (DGP) on Thursday. He took the charge from his predecessor KB Singh in a ceremony at the State Police Headquarters in Cuttack.

After assuming the office, Dr Sharma said it was a challenging task for him and he would try to give his best. A native of Ajamer in Rajastan, Dr Sharma worked successfully in various capacities of State police like Vigilance Director, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police.

Senior officers of State Police and staff of the Police Headquarters were present during this assumption of charge.

A ceremonial farewell was also given to the outgoing DGP KB Singh.

The State Government on Friday named 1986-batch IPS officer Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma the new the DGP. Prior to his new assignment, Sharma was serving as the Vigilance Director. Sharma has also served as the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police and also in National Security Guard (NSG) as the IG.

KB Singh was sent to Odisha State Road Transport Corporation as the Chief Managing Director (CMD) while 1986-batch officer and Crime Branch Special DG BK Shamra, who was a strong contender for the top post in the State police administration, was posted as the DG (Prisons) in the reshuffle.

The OSRTC and Prisons are considered dumping grounds for officials out of favour with the Government.

Additional DG Arun Ray of 1988 batch has been attached with the Police Headquarters in Cuttack while 1991 batch officer Debasis Panigrahi would continue as the ADG Vigilance.


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