IPS officer Dwivedi takes charge as Bihar police chief
Patna: IPS officer KS Dwivedi, who was the Superintendent of Police of Bhagalpur during the 1989 communal riots which claimed over 1,000 lives, on Thursday took over as Bihar police chief, amid opposition criticism over his appointment. The 1984 batch officer succeeded PK Thakur, who retired on Wednesday.
The Bihar government defended its decision to opt for Dwivedi, saying he was appointed on the basis of his "clean" service record.
"Dwivedi has been appointed to the post of the DGP on the basis of his clean service record and his seniority. There were four officers in the state of DG rank of whom Dwivedi was the senior-most," Principal Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani told reporters here. On his handling of the Bhagalpur riots, Subhani said, a three-member judicial commission set up to look into the incidents of communal conflagration, had made no mention of any dereliction of duty on Dwivedi's part.