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Top Srinagar police officer shunted after series of militant attacks in Kashmir capital

Carrying out changes after a series of militant attacks in the summer capital, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday shunted out SSP of Srinagar city Sandeep Choudhary and replaced him with Rakesh Balwal, an IPS officer from Manipur cadre.

An official order to his effect was issued by the J&K administration.

Balwal, whose experience in Jammu and Kashmir is through his stint in the National Investigation Agency, is a 2012 batch IPS officer from Manipur who was sent on deputation to the AGMUT cadre in October for a period of three years.

He would be the first non-Jammu and Kashmir cadre officer to be posted in the city after the cadre was merged with the Assam, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre following the bifurcation of the erstwhile state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on August 5, 2012.

Balwal, who hails from Udhampur in the Jammu region, was on deputation to the NIA for a little over three years as Superintendent of Police during which he was a part of teams that investigated many militancy-related cases, including the 2019 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant rammed his car into the bus carrying them.

Choudhary, who is also a 2012 batch IPS officer, was appointed SSP Srinagar in March this year.

There was no word about the shunting but officials in the know said that there had been many militant attacks within the city, which included the killing of prominent chemist M L Bindroo, a woman principal from the Sikh community, and a teacher hailing from the Jammu region.

Choudhary has been posted as SSP Cyber Crime Investigation Centre for Excellence (CICE).
Another important posting made was of Lakshay Sharma, an IPS officer of the 2016 batch from Manipur cadre, according to the order.

He was also sent on deputation to the AGMUT cadre (UT of J&K) for a period of three years in August. Sharma has been appointed the Superintendent of Police (South), a post that overlooks the security of VVIP areas.

There has been a reshuffle of others officers from various districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

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