Patna: A day after Prem Kumar, the leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly, criticized Nitish Kumar of ignoring deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar, the Chief Minister on Thursday ordered the biggest administrative reshuffle till date since the new government was formed nearly two weeks ago.

Sources said that in view of the growing incidents of crime in many parts, Kumar ordered the transfer of eleven District Magistrates (DMs), and several Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) including the DM and SSP of Patna Pratima S. Verma and Vikas Vaibhav respectively.

Relying on his Gaya connections, the Chief Minister replaced Vaibhav with Gaya SSP Manu Maharaj who has served Patna a number of times in the past; and appointed Gaya DM Sanjay Agrawal in place of Pratima S. Verma who was made the Additional Director of Bihar Administrative Reform Mission Society, a position that virtually has no use for an IPS officer.

Vaibhav was also given the shaft when he was made the Assistant to the IG, Training.

Others who also got the transfer order included Patna (Rural) SP Garima Mallik who was made the new SSP of Gaya. Her place would be taken by Lallan Mohan Prasad.

Sheohar, Purnia, Darbhanga, and Katihar DMs were also replaced along with the SP of Supaul.

Eight Sub Divisional Officers (SDOs) were also transferred on account of rising crime in their areas.

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