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Gaurav Yadav is officiating DGP

Gaurav Yadav, a topper of the 1992 batch of the Indian Police Service, has been named officiating Director-General of Police.

Gaurav Yadav, a topper of the 1992 batch of the Indian Police Service, has been named officiating Director-General of Police. The incumbent VK Bhawra has proceeded on long leave prior to his central deputation.

Gaurav Yadav, who is already working in the Chief Ministers’ Secretariat, assumed charge of his new assignment after the State Government approved the long leave application of the outgoing Director-General of Police, VK Bhawra.

To meet the procedural requirements, the State Government would send names of three eligible candidates to the Union Public Service Commission before the post is formally filled.

Gaurav Yadav will have a tough assignment on hand. His immediate task would be to restore the law and order situation as the State Government had been under fire, especially during the just concluded Sangrur Lok Sabha bye-election, for deterioration in law and order situation in the State. The assassination of Punjabi folk singer Sidhu Moose Wala was blamed on the failure of the state law and order machinery. Though the case has been nearly solved, the police still need an image build up. Gaurav Yadav has a challenge on hand.

Gaurav Yadav thus becomes the fifth officer to hold the office of the Director-General of Police in the last one year. Incidentally he is the son in law of former Director-General of Police Puran Chand Dogra.

Mr Dogra after retirement has remained associated with a think tank that has been working on strategic and defence related issues.

Gaurav Yadav becomes the second DGP after Sarabjit Singh who remained toppers at the Indian Police Academy before their induction into the service. Gaurav Yadav also held key positions, including district police chiefs besides serving in the intelligence wing.

Incidentally, the Punjab government had promoted all four officers of the 1992 batch to the rank of the Director-General last month. Others are SS Chauhan, Harpreet Singh Sidhu and Kuldeep Singh. 

 

 

Prabhjot Singh