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Anti-naxal expert K Vijay Kumar, Chief Secy B B Vyas appointed advisers to JK Guv

Srinagar: Super cop and anti-Naxal expert K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir B B Vyas were today appointed as advisers to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, while Chhattisgarh’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) B V R Subrahmanyam was named as the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary in place of B B Vyas.

Super cop K Vijay Kumar was today appointed as advisers to Jammu and Kashmir Governor.

The names of advisers were cleared by the Union Home Ministry after the state was put under the Governor’s rule today, following withdrawal of support by the BJP to the PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti’s three-year old-coalition government yesterday. The state Assembly has been put under suspended animation.

Vijay Kumar, a 1975-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. He had earlier served in the Kashmir Valley as Inspector General of BSF 1998-2001 when the border guarding force was actively involved in the counter-militancy operations.

Sixty-five-year-old Vijay Kumar had shot to fame when he headed the Special Task Force (STF) for a long time and strategised operations that culminated in the elimination of the dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in October 2004.

He was appointed as Director General of the world’s largest paramilitary force — CRPF– after naxals killed 75 personnel in Dantewada in 2010.

Another adviser appointee, the 60-year-old Vyas, who is considered as a trusted lieutenant of the Governor, was last month given a one-year extension in service, beyond May 31, 2018, as the chief secretary of the state.

The Personnel Ministry has also amended the service rules to provide extension to Vyas beyond 60 years of age of superannuation. Till the new rule came into force, the state chief secretary retired on attaining the age of 60 years.

Vyas, who was due to superannuate in November last year, was given two extensions of three months each till May-end, to remain the chief secretary.


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