A 1973 batch IPS officer, Vishwaranjan took charge as new Director General of Police of Chhattisgarh on Thursday in a formal programme held at the Police Headquarters here. He was accorded a ‘Guard of Honour’ before taking of the charge from acting DGP SK Paswan.
Soon after assuming the new responsibility, Vishwaranjan, who was Additional Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB), said that he is always prepared to accept challenges and hoped to win all wars through the cooperation of his colleagues. He reached Raipur on Wednesday.
While talking to Hindustan Times, Vishwaranjan said that presently the only way remaining to tackle Maoist menace is a direct combat with the ultras as the latter has not shown any interest for talks. He will soon set his priorities after consultation with the state government and senior officials, it was told.
Several senior police officers were present on the occasion. The DGP post fell vacant on May 21 following the death of O P Rathor. The Raman Singh government succeeded in convincing the Centre on relieving Vishwaranjan from the IB for his appointment as the new state police chief.
Ranjan, a Chhattisgarh cadre IPS, had served in various capacities in the state before he left to join Intelligence Bureau on deputation in 1986.