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Neelamani N Raju, 1983 batch IPS officer, becomes first woman to head Karnataka Police

Neelamani N Raju, DGP of Karnataka, will be the state's first woman chief of police, media reports said. Neelamani Raju hails from Roorkee in Uttarakhand.

Raju, a 1983 batch IPS officer, will replace incumbent Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP) Rupak Kumar Dutta, who retires on Tuesday, official sources said.

The decision was taken by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after consultation with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, the sources said.

 Neelamani N Raju, 1983 batch IPS officer, becomes first woman to head Karnataka Police

Former DG and IGP RK Dutta hands over charge to Neelamani N Raju.Twitter@BlrCityPolice @IPS_Association

RK Dutta, who served as the police chief for 10 months was given a farewell at KSRP grounds in Koramangala on Tuesday. Earlier, talks of the government giving a three-month extension to Dutta were doing the rounds.

According to The New Indian Express, three names were cleared for the coveted post, including Raju, CID chief HC Kishore Chandra and MN Reddi, who heads the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Raju and Chandra are frontrunners. Recently, Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had convened a meeting to decide on the next DGP.

Sources said, Kishore Chandra’s appointment would appease the large Vokkaliga community in the state, ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections while Raju's appointment would make history, The Quint reported.

A high powered selection committee headed by Reddy had submitted the names of the three senior-most IPS officers for appointment to the chief minister, Zee News said.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017 07:13:01 IST

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