Monday, October 01, 2007

Former top J&K cop takes over SSB

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) : Former Jammu and Kashmir police director general Gopal Sharma Monday took charge of the central paramilitary force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal border, from his predecessor Tilak Kak who retired Sunday.
Sharma, a 1972 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) official from the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre, was the director general of J&K police for four years before he became security adviser to the chief minister.
He has held several key positions in the state police force.
After taking over at the SSB headquarters in the capital Sharma said training of jawans and patrolling at the borders will be among his top priorities.
'Our primary focus will be on efficacy and expert training of personnel. Patrolling on border areas will also be given importance,' Sharma told reporters.
SSB, which has the primary task of preventing trans-border crime and unauthorised entry into or exit from India, guards the 1,751-km Indo-Nepal border along the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim.
The paramilitary force also patrols the 669-km Indo-Bhutan border along the states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.