CRPF Director General (DG) Sujoy Lal Thousen has been given the additional charge of the post of Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) following the retirement of Pankaj Kumar Singh on December 31. Pankaj Singh is a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer. of Rajasthan cadre, is completing his 1.4 year long tenure as BSF chief this December. He had taken over as the Director General of the Border Security Force on August 31 last year.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chief Thousen is Singh’s batchmate from the Madhya Pradesh cadre and will hold the ‘additional charge’ of BSF DG until further orders, according to an order issued by the Union Home Ministry.
Handing over the charge of BSF chief
The handing over of charge between the two officers will take place on Saturday (December 31) afternoon after Singh reviews the force’s farewell parade and presents service medals to BSF personnel at the force’s camp. Pankaj Kumar Singh’s BSF appointment last year created history as it was the time when a son took over the top IPS rank like his father.
His father Prakash Singh, a retired IPS officer of 1959 batch, also led the BSF as Director General from June 1993 to January 1994. Prakash Singh is considered the architect of police reforms in the country. After Singh petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 to reform the police establishment, the government began giving fixed terms of two years to the Intelligence Bureau, CBI chief, foreign secretary, RAW chief and the Union home secretary. ,
The BSF guards the 6,300 km long Indian border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, apart from playing a variety of roles in the country’s internal security sector.