26/04/2017 8:32 PM IST | Updated 26/04/2017 8:59 PM IST

Senior IPS Officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar Appointed New CRPF Chief Two Days After Sukma Attack

The last chief had retired two months back.  

Narcotics Control Bureau

NEW DELHI -- The government on Wednesday appointed senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as new chief of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two days after the force lost 25 men in a deadly Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Bhatnagar, a 1983 batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, was appointed to the post nearly two months after the retirement of previous incumbent K. Durga Prasad on 28 February.

Additional Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia, a 1981 batch IPS officer, was handling additional charge as CRPF Director General.

Prasad headed the force as its chief for one year from 1 March, 2016 to 28 February, 2017.

Bhatnagar is currently serving as Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau - an ADG rank post which has temporarily been upgraded to a Special Director General rank.

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