Guwahati/New Delhi, June 27, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on June 26th, 2019 appointed senior IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Arvind Kumar as the director of the country’s internal intelligence agency–Intelligence Bureau(IB).
A 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Kumar had headed the IB in Bihar. His appointment as director of the IB for a tenure of two years was approved by the appointment committee of the cabinet He will be replacing Rajiv Jain on completion of his tenure on June 30th, 2019.
Kumar who is presently the special director of the IB in the state is considered to be an expert on Kashmir and tackling naxalism. He is a recipient of the President Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
On June 26th, 2016, the Union government also appointed 1984 batch IPS officer of the Punjab cadre, Samant Goel as the chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). He will be replacing AK Dhasmana on completion of his tenure on June 29, 2019.
According to reports, Goel played key role in planning the Balakot air strikes post the Pulwama terror attack case earlier this year. He was also instrumental in planning the 2016 ‘surgical strikes’ carried out by the armed forces post the terror attacks at Uri base camp.