Cuttack: Veteran Top Cop Sunil Kumar Bansal on 31 December took over the charge of the Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha Police.
1987-batch IPS officer, Mr.Bansal took charge from Abhay, who superannuated from service.
Earlier Mr.Bansal was working with the Intelligence Bureau as its Special Director. He was on Central Deputation since 1994 and has held several key positions with the IB.
New DGP was given a ceremonial guard of honour before assuming charge at the State Police Headquarters here.
Mr.Bansal after assuming charge told Media that “Seva and service will be my priority apart from taking ahead the good work started by my predecessors on all fronts”.
He said the Odisha Police has achieved milestones in containing the Maoist menace, adding cybercrime has emerged as a major challenge for law enforcers across the globe, as in the state.
Before leaving Odisha on a Central Deputation, Mr.Bansal had worked as the superintendent of police of Mayurbhanj and Sambalpur districts.
In his farewell message, former DGP Abhay thanked the people of Odisha for their cooperation in maintaining law and order.
“COVID-19 pandemic had been a testing time for all of us and we stood strong together to fight it. Bringing down Left-wing Extremism and organised crime has been possible because of the support of people,” Abhay said, wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year 2022.
He was scheduled to retire in June this year, but his tenure was extended by the state government till December 31.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister appointed Abhay as Chairman of the State Task Force for Narcotic drugs related issues in the State ,in the rank and status of Chief Secretary.