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K Kire takes charge as DGP
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 28 (NPN):
Published on 1 Mar. 2009 12:50 AM IST
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Kelhousithie Kire assumed the charge as the new DGP of Nagaland Saturday succeeding J Changkija who attained superannuation. Changkija formally handed over the charge to his successor at the DGP office chamber in the afternoon. An IPS officer of 1979 batch, Kire replaced Changkija, who was relieved of the responsibility of leading the 23,000-plus strong police force of the state on attaining superannuation. Kire will now head the Nagaland police with a strength of 24,000-plus personnel with one new IRB going to join the police force soon while another IRB (Mahila Bn) is in the process of being raised. The outgoing DGP Changkija served a record five years and five months as the head of state police, which is perhaps the longest ever in the country. After assuming the charge, Kire in his brief address to all the rank and file of the state police said there was room for improvement in his department and reminded the subordinate officers that they are representing the DGP and PHQ in the field. While seeking their cooperation in leading the department smoothly, he urged them to do whatever good they could to the people on behalf of the DGP and PHQ. He also lauded the outgoing DGP for his record service of 39 years in the state police and also for leading the police force of the state for the last five years and five months as the DGP. Earlier, the outgoing DGP in his address noted that Nagaland police was as good as any other police force in the country, if not better. Nagaland has one of the biggest police forces in the Northeast other than Assam and their fighting spirit was well known across the country, he said while citing the various achievements of the state police. He said the name earned by 9 Naga IRB in Naxal-infested Chattisgarh and also by the Special NAP Bn in UP besides many other places wherever the Nagaland police was deployed was worth mentioning. Changkija also had a few words of advice to the serving officers of the state police. He said one earns respect not just by holding a rank, which is temporary, but because of the leadership quality which counts at the end of the day. He also expressed his satisfaction over his 39 years of service in the state police and was confident that his successor K Kire would successfully lead the state police during his tenure.

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