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Keeping Punjab safe & secure top priority, says Dinkar Gupta after taking over as state DGP

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Senior Thursday took over as new of police, succeeding Arora, who was on an extension after his retirement on September 30 last year.

Gupta's appointment was cleared by Minister Thursday morning, an said here.

Soon after taking over as the state's new police chief, Gupta said keeping the border state, facing multiple challenges, safe and secure would continue to be the priority of police under him.

Pointing out that shares over 550 km of international border with Pakistan, he said the has to counter terrorism, tackle gangsters and drug menace, besides curtailing other crimes.

"A safe and secure Punjab has always been the priority of the force and this will continue to be our priority," he said.

A 1987-batch IPS officer, Gupta is the senior-most of three officers, all of the same batch, empanelled for appointment to the top post by the (UPSC) earlier this week.

Prior to taking over as chief, Gupta worked as the of the intelligence wing of the His responsibilities included direct supervision of the Intelligence Wing, state's

Gupta was empanelled on April 26 last year for appointment to the post of additional at the Centre.

He did an eight-year stint on central deputation with the Home Ministry, from June 2004 to July 2012, where he held many sensitive assignments.

During his younger days, Gupta served as of police of Ludhiana, and districts for over seven years, when Punjab was bearing the brunt of pro-Khalistani terrorism.

Gupta was also decorated with the Police Medal for Meritorious Services and the President's Police Medal for in 2010.

Interacting with reporters here at the Punjab police headquarters, Gupta lauded the work being done by the of the in tackling the drug menace.

Be it the reduction of drug supply, enforcement of anti-drug laws or working for the de-addiction of drug addicts, both the STF and district police have done good work in the past two years, he said.

On the Punjab police busting some terror modules in the past including the Pakistan's ISI-backed one with the arrest of a Patiala resident last November, Gupta said, "The Punjab police has always lived up to the challenge to defeat the nefarious designs of enemies.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 20:35 IST