Samant Goel Balakot strategist is new RAW chief, Arvind  Kumar Kashmir expert is new Intelligence Bureau head

The Government of India today appointed new chiefs of the country’s top two intelligence units, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Samant Goel, who was in charge of operations of the country’s external intelligence agency (RAW) would take over as its chief, replacing Anil Dhasmana. Arvind  Kumar, the number two at the Kashmir desk of the Intelligence Bureau, will replace Rajiv Jain as chief.

The new officials would take charge from the 30th of June.

Both Mr. Goel and Mr. Kumar are IPS officers from the 1984 batch. Goel is from the Punjab cadre while Kumar is from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Samant Goel has helped India handle the Punjab militancy when it was at its peak in the 1990s and was posted in Dubai and London. Recently, Goel played key role in India’s counter-attack on the terror infrastructure in Pakistan’s Balakot in February 2019 and the 2016 surgical strikes.

Arvind Kumar, an officer from the Assam Meghalaya cadre, headed the agency in Bihar. He has been involved in has been involved in tackling Naxal extremism. Before that, he looked after its administration and inquiry branches for long.

Source : Various


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