In a major decision which comes just couple of days ahead of the announcement of Urban Local Bodies elections and few days after the kidnapping of 11 kin of police personnel in Kashmir in just a single day reflecting major failure on part of police, the State Government tonight ordered removal of Dr SP Vaid as Director General of Police (DGP) and replaced him with Dilbag Singh.
Here are some details about the new Acting J&K DGP:
Dilbag Singh, DGP (Prisons) and an IPS officer of 1987 batch will hold charge of the post of DGP in addition to his own duties till a regular arrangement is made, the Government order said.
Singh, who has been made the in-charge Director General of Police is a 1987-batch officer.
Singh has done Masters in Arts and was just 24-year-old when he joined police force.
His carrier began as the Additional Superintendent of Police in Kupwara district.
Mr Singh has held important positions in Jammu and Kashmir Police including serving as the intelligence chief of the state.
He was made the head of the prison department in March after the infamous escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jatt while the latter was on a routine health heck-up at a city hospital in February.
Singh, during his tenure as Director General of Prisons, streamlined many things, including the removal of hardened terrorists from Kashmir jails.
The 1987-batch IPS officer was suspended as the Deputy Inspector General of Anantnag in 2000 after he was allegedly found involved in a major recruitment scam.
Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid was unceremoniously removed late Thursday and shunted as the transport commissioner.
Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Director General of Police in December, 2016. He is due to retire in October next year.