Meet Dilbagh Singh, Jammu and Kashmir’s new top cop

Srinagar: IPS officer Dilbagh Singh was given additional charge of heading the police force in Jammu and Kashmir after SP Vaid was removed as the police chief of the state on Thursday.

This reshuffle happened as the Centre and the new governor Satya Pal Malik were unhappy over the increase in the incidents of militancy in the Valley, especially the abduction of 12 relatives of policemen by the militants in south Kashmir last week.

Dilbagh Singh, a 1987-batch officer and the Director General of Prisons, was made the Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh has held important positions in Jammu and Kashmir Police including serving as the intelligence chief of the state. He started his carrier as the Additional Superintendent of Police in Kupwara district.

But Singh has had a brush with controversy nearly 20 years ago. In 2000, he was suspended as the Deputy Inspector General of south Kashmir’s Anantnag after he was allegedly found involved in a major recruitment scam.

He was made the head of the prison department in March this year after the daring escape of a Pakistani terrorist from a Srinagar hospital in February. 20-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Naveed Jatt, who was brought to the hospital from the Srinagar Central Jail for treatment. Gunmen killed two policemen before they took away terrorist.

Dibagh Singh has been a top trend on Twitter on Friday morning with many people sharing the news of his appointment.

During his tenure as Director General of Prisons, Singh streamlined the removal of hardened terrorists from Kashmir jails.

(With inputs from Agencies)