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Manipur Violence: Amid Union govt’s bid to contain unrest, police chief replaced; Rajiv Singh is new DGP

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Amidst ongoing violence in Manipur, Rajiv Singh, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Tripura cadre, has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) for the northeastern state. This major reshuffle in police leadership comes as the state grapples with escalating violence that has claimed the lives of at least 80 individuals. The move is seen as an effort by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to balance local dynamics and avoid controversy. The current DGP, P Doungel, has been transferred to the Home Department, stated reports.

Rajiv Singh, previously serving as the Inspector General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was sent on an inter-cadre deputation to Manipur from the Centre on May 29. The government’s decision to appoint a non-tribal, non-Meitei police chief is aimed at maintaining a balanced approach to local dynamics. This appointment follows the central government’s appointment of former CRPF chief Kuldiep Singh as a security adviser to the Manipur government in response to the violence.


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