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The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of Karnataka has faced criticism for lack of progress in the investigation into the 5 September killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, escalation of communal tensions leading to ideologically motivated attacks and killings in Dakshina Kannada district. File photo: Mint
The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of Karnataka has faced criticism for lack of progress in the investigation into the 5 September killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, escalation of communal tensions leading to ideologically motivated attacks and killings in Dakshina Kannada district. File photo: Mint

Neelamani Raju becomes first woman top cop in Karnataka

Neelamani N. Raju, a 1983 batch IPS officer, was appointed as Karnataka's director general & inspector general of police (DG &IGP)

Bengaluru: Neelamani N. Raju, a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was on Tuesday named chief of Karnataka police. She is the first woman to become director general & inspector general of police (DG &IGP) of Karnataka.

Neelamani Raju, 57, who was serving as director general of police, internal security, takes over from Rupak Kumar Dutta, who retired from service on Tuesday.

With increasing political activity, higher rate of crimes in Bengaluru and other parts of the state, Raju has her work cut out.

Raju has worked for over 23 years in various central deputations and in Karnataka for about 10 years.

She has served on central deputation in the intelligence bureau and was posted as secretary in the embassy of India in Kathmandu, Nepal, among other important posts during her career.

Asked if she was upto the challenge of heading the Karnataka police given that she has served longer outside, she replied: “Length of experience is not so important as the intensity of the experience."

Underplaying her appointment as the first woman DG & IGP of the state, she said, “Honestly speaking, I never saw myself as a woman officer. I have always treated myself as an officer, male or female question does not arise."

Raju takes over as head of the Karnataka police at a time when the state is gearing up for elections next year.

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of Karnataka has faced criticism for lack of progress in the investigation into the 5 September killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, escalation of communal tensions leading to ideologically motivated attacks and killings in Dakshina Kannada district as well as allegations of preferential treatment given to former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) V.K.Sasikala in Bengaluru’s central jail, where she has been lodged after her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

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