Nitish Orders Major Reshuffle in the State Police Department

Outgoing SSP Manu Maharaj and his replacement Garima Malik.

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Patna: The Nitish administration, on the first day of the year, ordered large-scale transfer of nearly two dozen IPS officers in the run up of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, a move considered by political analysts as routine and normal.

Among the 21 transferred are Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj who has been replaced by Garima Malik, a 2006-batch IPS officer known for her honesty, integrity, hard work, and a great sense of duty.

People might remember her from the high-profile Aditya Sachdeva murder case that rocked the Nitish government in 2016 when Rocky Yadav, the son of his own party legislator Manorama Devi and notorious criminals Bindi Yadav, shot and killed 20-year old son of a businessman in a road-rage case in Gaya.

Malik, a native of Haryana, pursued the case relentlessly and her hard work in the investigation paid off when a court awarded life terms to Rocky Yadav and two other men involved in the case.

Manu Maharaj, who had been Patna SSP for quite some time, meanwhile, was posted as DIG (Munger Range).

Kundan Krishnan, another senior IPS officer, has been made ADG (Headquarters) replacing S K Singhal was made Director General (DG) of Bihar Military Police (BMP). He replaces Gupteshwar Pandey who has been transferred as DG (Training) with additional charge of the new Bihar Police Academy at Rajgir in Nalanda district.

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