Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on 26 April 2017 was appointed as the Director-General of the CRPF. The announcement came two days after Naxals massacred 25 personnel of the force in Chhattisgarh. The paramilitary force was headless for nearly two months after the retirement of K. Durga Prasad on February 28, 2017.
Highlights related to appointment of Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar:
- He is an Indian Police Service officer of the 1983 batch.
- Bhatnagar was the Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau.
- He belongs to the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
- He also served as the Additional Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
- The post had been lying vacant for more than eight weeks because the central government could not agree on a name.
- Sudeep Lakhtakia was serving as the acting director of the CRPF.
- He is the IPS officer of the batch of 1984 Telangana.
- Earlier, the Home Ministry had recommended another IPS officer from the batch of 1983, R K Pachananda but the PMO did not approve of it.
The Central Reserve Police Force formed on 27th July 1939. It became the Central Reserve Police Force on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28th December 1949. The CRPF is a big organization with 240 Bns.