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Punjab CM appoints 1987 batch IPS officer Dinkar Gupta as DGP superceding two seniors

February 07, 2019 02:13 PM

CHANDIGARH: Dinkar Gupta, a 1987 batch officer of the IPS, was on Thursday appointed as the Director General of the Punjab Police superceding two senior officer Mohammed Mustafa and S.Chatopadhya.

Gupta succeeds Suresh Arora, who had been on an extension after his retirement on September 30 last year. His appointment was cleared by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh this morning.

Mohammed Mustafa IPS OF 1985 batch who is presemtly working as DGP Special Task Force (STF) on drugs has decided to appraoch Supreme Court for ignorng him in the panel of three IPS officers sent by UPSC. Mustafa alleged that there was conspiracy against him and two repersentatives of state government (DGP Suresh Arora and Chief Secretatary Karan Avtar Singh) had tabled wrong facts about him in the UPSC.

Dinkar Gupta is considered close to Suresh Arora and ruling BJP government in center. Suresh Arora who is also close to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval understood to have favoured Gupta.

Dinkar Gupta is the senior most of the three officers, all of the same batch,  to be empanelled for appointment to the top post by the UPSC earlier this week.

In his previous stint, Gupta was posted as Director General of Police, Intelligence, Punjab, which involved the direct supervision of Punjab State Intelligence Wing, State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU).

An experienced and distinguished officer, Gupta was empanelled on 26.4.2018 for appointment to Additional Director General level post at the Centre- one out of the twenty 1987 batch IPS officers to be so empanelled, and the only one from Punjab.

He did an eight-year stint on central deputation with the MHA, from June 2004 to July 2012, where he held many sensitive assignments, including Head of the Dignitary Protection Division of the MHA.

He had served as Senior Superintendent of Police (District Police Chief) of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts for more than 7 years during the terrorist phase in Punjab. He also served as DIG (Jalandhar Range), DIG (Ludhiana Range), DIG (Counter-Intelligence), Punjab and DIG (Intelligence), Punjab till 2004.

Among his other past assignments in the state were ADGP Administration & Community Policing (2015-17), ADGP Provisioning & Modernization (2014-2015), ADGP Law & Order (2012-2015), ADGP Security (2012-2015), ADGP Traffic (2013-2014), DIG Range (over 1 year in 2002 & 2003-04), SSP (7 years from January 1992 to January 1999).

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