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Punjab Govt Appoints IPS Viresh Kumar Bhawra As New DGP

Newly appointed Punjab DGP Viresh Kumar Bhawra. (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi: The Punjab government on Saturday appointed IPS officer Viresh Kumar Bhawra as the new DGP of Punjab. The decision, based on the consideration of the panel received from the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC), comes minutes ahead of the announcement of dates for the state assembly polls.

The newly appointed Punjab DGP, Viresh Kumar Bhawra, is a 1987-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

Earlier in December, the Punjab government had removed Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota from the post of officiating DGP and gave the charge to DGP PSPCL Siddharth Chattopadhayaya.

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The appointment of regular DGP has been a contentious issue in poll-bound Punjab where state unit chief of ruling Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu was miffed at the appointment of Sahota, handpicked by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi who replaced Captain Amarinder Singh as Punjab CM.

Sidhu had questioned Sahota’s conduct in handling the cases linked to the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent police firing in 2015. Sahota has refuted the allegations.

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