Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda on Thursday retired from service after a 38-year carrer. Khoda, a 1974 batch IPS officer, was the longest-serving DGP of the state at four years 10 months. He handed over the charge of the post to senior-most IPS officer from the state cadre K Rajendra Kumar at a function held at the Police headquarters on Thursday evening.

Rajendra will be discharging the duties of the DGP till Khoda’s successor joins. Additional Director Intelligence Bureau Ashok Prasad is likely to be the new DGP and expected to take charge in July.

Earlier in the day, a farewell parade was held in honour of Khoda at Armed Police Complex Zewan. Officers and jawans from all the wings of Police attended the farewell function, an official spokesman said. Addressing the officers and jawans, Khoda recalled his experiences during his 38 years in service in Jammu and Kashmir Police.

"JK Police by the dint of their valour and courage has succeeded in tackling various situations from time to time and it is being discussed at various forums at national level also, which is a great achievement for the organization," Khoda said. He said sacrifices of more than 1500 jawans and officers of the force and the people’s whole-hearted cooperation encouraged the force to meet the challenges with fortitude.

Khoda said the force succeeded in bringing peace only with their cooperation and congenial atmosphere has been restored in which people feel themselves secure.

"During my tenure as police chief, I am proud of avoiding collateral damages to save the human lives and public property while conducting successful operations. The abilities of the force were further recognized when the state police were asked to frame Standing Operative Procedure (SOP) which has been adopted by all police forces in the country for controlling violent mobs by using minimum force," he added.

Rajendra, while commenting Khoda’s contribution, said he has worked on different assignments in the organization in the state and always come up to the expectation of the department.


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