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Assam: IPS Tapan Kumar Deka appointed as Director of IB

Deka currently heads the Operations Desk of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and has been tracking terrorists and religious radicalization.

IPS officer Tapan Kumar Deka has been appointed as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Friday. Deka will replace Arvinda Kumar as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau.

Tapan Kumar Deka currently heads the Operations Desk of the Intelligence Bureau and has been tracking terrorists and religious radicalization for the past 2 decades.

Deka, who originally hails from lower Assam’s Barpeta district, was brought up in Tezpur. He joined the Intelligence Bureau in 1998 and since then he was never seen in a police uniform.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Physics and was an AASU leader. He cleared Indian Police Service (IPS) in his first attempt.

Deka, a 1988 batch IPS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, is essentially an expert on Northeast affairs and was sent to Assam by Home Minister Amit Shah after the anti-CAA violence in 2019.

By appointing Tapan Deka as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, the government has picked up an officer over some 4 seniors in the IB with the objective of adding more teeth to the Intelligence Bureau.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Tapan Kumar Deka, IPS (HP:88), Special Director, Intelligence Bureau as Director, Intelligence Bureau vice Shr Arvinda Kumar, IPS (AM:84), upon completion of his tenure on June 30, 2022, for a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by granting extension in service under the provisions of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958,” the order reads.

Deka has spent most of his career in the Intelligence Bureau. He was an Additional Director in Intelligence Bureau when he was promoted to the rank of Special Director in the Wing in June last year.

First Published: 24th June, 2022 18:58 IST

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