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Neelamani N Raju takes charge as first woman DGP of the state

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), November 2:-Soon after assuming charge as state’s first woman Director General of Police last evening, Raju said her ascendance to the top post had boosted the morale of other women Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in the state.

The DGP said she wants to make police stations more women-friendly and providing security is her top priority.  Thanking the government for reposing faith in her, Raju said there were challenges ahead in Karnataka where assembly elections are due early next year.

She also said ‘Tipu Jayanthi’, being opposed by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), is a “big challenge” but she was confident of handling the situation.

The state government is celebrating the birth anniversary of the 18th Century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan on November 10. The move has been opposed tooth and nail by the BJP which sees Tipu Sultan as a “religious bigot” and a “brutal killer”.

An IPS officer of 1983 batch, 57-year-oldRaju replaced Rupak Kumar Dutta who retired.

Though there were other claimants for the post, the government gave preference to the seniority.

Her husband D N Narasimha Raju had retired as principal secretary to the chief minister last year.

In a related development, eight senior IPS officers, including two contenders for the top post of DG-IGP were transferred on Tuesday.

According to an official notification, the contenders HC Kishore Chandra and M N Reddi have been transferred as director general of police and chairman and managing director of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation, and director general of police and commandant general- home guards, respectively. Praveen Sood has been appointed as the new director general of police – internal security.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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