In a rare coincidence, top five police agencies of the country will have officers hailing from Bihar as their chiefs.
Kerala cadre 1979 batch IPS officer Dineshwar Sharma, who is set to take over as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, is the latest entrant in the list of Bihar natives who have come to occupy the top posts at the same time. Sharma, brought up in Pali village of Bihar’s Gaya district, is serving as the special director in the domestic spy agency. He will take over from IB director Asif Ibrahim, who retires on December 31.
Sharma was named for the top IB post within days of the appointment of another native of Bihar, Anil Kumar Sinha, as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Special Protection Group (SPG), which protects the Prime Minister, too, will have a person who comes from Bihar as its head. Gujarat cadre 1989 batch IPS officer Vivek Srivastav, selected as the new SPG chief hails from Bihar, where his father served as an IAS officer.
Also a native of Bihar is Krishna Chaudhary, a 1979 batch Bihar cadre IPS officer, who took charge as the director general of the railway protection force (RPF) on February 28 this year.
The fifth IPS officer with Bihar domicile to head a police organisation is 1978 batch Bihar cadre officer Rajiv Ranjan Verma, who took charge as the director general of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on January 1 this year.
“The top positions they hold is because of their talent, dedication and years of hard work,” said Neelmani, a former DG of police.