New Delhi: In a sudden move, Government on Saturday shunted out CRPF chief Vikram Srivastava and brought in K Vijay Kumar, who had shot to fame when he led the operations to eliminate forest brigand Veerappan, as his replacement.
Srivastava, who was made the CRPF director general in February this year, has been made the chief of Bureau of Police Research and Development in Delhi.
He had come under attack after the Dantewada massacre in which 75 CRPF men lost their lives in a Maoist attack on April six in Chhattisgarh.
58-year-old Vijay Kumar, a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer, had achieved fame when he headed the Special Task Force (STF) for a long time and strategised operations that culminated in the elimination of the dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerapan in October 2004.
Vijay Kumar headed the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad from 2008. Earlier, he had also had a stint in BSF as an Inspector General in Kashmir for two years.
Winner of President’s Police Medal for gallantry, the 1975-batch officer will head a force of nearly three lakh personnel.
In deciding on Vijay Kumar’s appointment, the government may have superceded two senior IPS officers Vijay Raman (1975-batch) and N K Tripathi (1974-batch). Both of them are from the Madhya Pradesh cadre and are presently posted as Special Directors General in the CRPF.
Srivastava is a 1973-batch IPS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre and takes over as BPRD chief from Prasun Mukherjee, who retired on 30 September.