Ending days of speculation, state DGP SS Virk officially laid down the reins of office and handed over the top cop’s job to AN Roy. Roy, who is currently the director general of the state Anti Corruption Bureau, was given the additional responsibility late on Saturday. Earlier, speculation was rife that DGP SS Virk would hand over the charge to Jayant Umranikar, the senior-most IPS officer in the state police headquarters. However, the home department issued an official communication stating that A N Roy was being appointed head of the state police. The move is being viewed as an indication that Roy would permanently hold the state DGP position, even after the routine procedural formalities to select the new DGP are completed in the coming days. Addressing the media before handing over the baton to Roy, Virk expressed happiness at the way the city and state police had tackled the 26/11 terror attacks. Virk is one of the most decorated IPS officers in the country and is the only one to have received the Padma Shree award. An IPS officer of 1970 batch, Virk was sent on deputation to Punjab during the height of militancy in 1984, where he spent nearly 23 years before returning to his parent Maharashtra cadre in 2007. He was the DG for police housing before being made the state DGP in March 2009. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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