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Chhattisgarh demotes director general-rank official


Raipur : In a first case of its kind, the Chhattisgarh government has demoted a director general (DG)-rank police officer after the central government turned down its request for having three such officers.

The government demoted DG (jails), Sant Kumar Paswan, an Indian Police Service officer of 1978 batch, to additional director general (ADG) rank, a home department source said Sunday.

The central government has turned down a written request of Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Chhattisgarh that it be allowed to have three DG-rank officials, the source said.

Including Paswan, the state had three DG-rank officials – Vishwa Ranjan, 1973 batch IPS who is now DG (police), and A.M. Navaney of 1978 batch who is now DG (Home Guards).

Paswan has the distinction of having served the maximum period among all IPS officers in the state in Maoist-hit areas.