New Paramilitary Chiefs of BSF, CRPF and SSB

While senior IPS officer K Durga Prasad will take over as the new Director General CRPF, 1982-batch Rajasthan cadre police officer KK Sharma will head the Border Security Force. The Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Archana Ramasundram took over as Director General of Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Archana Ramasundram
The government appointed a woman IPS officer as the chief of a paramilitary force. Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Archana Ramasundram will take over as Director General of Sahastra Seema Bal.

The 1980-batch officer is the current head of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). She is understood to have sought time to take over her new job, as she is the main organiser of an on-going biometrics conference in Bhopal.

Ramasundram was last in news in 2014 over her appointment as Additional Director in the CBI. Her appointment was also challenged in the Supreme Court after which she was moved to the NCRB as its chief.

The post vacated by Ramasundram has been filled with the appointment of Bihar cadre 1981-batch IPS officer A R K Kini.

K Durga Prasad
The government has appointed Telangana cadre IPS officer K Durga Prasad as Director General of CRPF. As former chief of Greyhounds, Prasad was instrumental in anti-Naxal operations in Andhra Pradesh. He later took over as chief of the Special Protection Group, but was removed from the post during the first few months of the current NDA government. He is currently serving as special director in the CRPF.

The officer is best remembered for raising CRPF’s elite jungle warfare unit CoBRA taking on Naxal during his stint as an Inspector General in 2008. The task was especially given to him considering his experience with a similar and highly successful commando unit of Andhra Pradesh police called the ‘Greyhounds’.

Prasad’s tenure as the Director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), entrusted to secure serving and former Prime Ministers, ended abruptly in 2014.

K. K. Sharma
The government Monday appointed 1982-batch Rajasthan cadre IPS officer K.K. Sharma as its DG. Sharma, who is currently Additional DG with the force, will take charge from current DG D. K. Pathak.

He will head the estimated 2.5 lakh troops of BSF.

KK Sharma will be in office till September 2018 when he’ll reach his superannuation.