Kolkata: The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who has retired on May 31.
Virendra was posted as the DG (security). A 1985 batch IPS officer, Virendra, takes charge as the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) from June 1. He will succeed Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who is also an IPS officer of the same batch.
Purakayastha had become DGP in May 2016. He will continue as the state’s Security Advisor. Virendra had been continuing as the DGP (Security) for the past few years. It was on May 31, when he was made the Director General of Police (Armed Police). But within a short period of time, he was brought back to the post of DGP (Security) on June 12.
S.N. Gupta, a 1992 batch IPS officer, will head the security directorate which looks after the protection of chief minister and other VVIPs after Virendra becomes the DGP. Gupta is the present director of security.