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BSF chief’s 5-month-younger brother is CRPF head
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS/PTI):
Published on 1 Feb. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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The new chief of the Central Reserve Police Force Vikram Srivastava, while taking over the reins of the country’s biggest paramilitary force Sunday, sought to dismiss the controversy over his intriguing five-month age difference with that of his elder brother and BSF chief Raman Srivastava. Vikram Srivastava on Sunday took over as the chief of the largest paramilitary force in the world - CRPF - at a time when security forces are preparing for a coordinated onslaught against the Naxals, which he termed as “challenging.” A 1973-batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Srivastava took over the charge from the outgoing Director General A S Gill, who attained superannuation today. According to home ministry records, elder brother Raman was born Oct 24, 1951, while Vikram was born exactly four months and 24 days later, March 18, 1952 -- a biological impossibility. Both Srivastava brothers are 1973 batch IPS officers. Vikram succeeded A.S. Gill as director general of CRPF Sunday after relinquishing the post of Indo-Tibetan Border Police chief. 57-year-old Srivastava, who was earlier heading the ITBP, guarding the crucial Sino-Indian border, said the CRPF has an operation plan against the Naxals and stressed that the force “will do a good job”. Asked about the planned offensive against the left-wing extremists, Srivastava, who had earlier served with the CRPF as an Inspector General of Police said, “The force is rising to the occasion to meet the challenges.” Interestingly, with Srivastava taking over charge of the force, which has been mandated with internal security duties, it would be for the first time that two brothers are heading the two largest paramilitary force of the country, as his elder brother Raman Srivastava is the chief of BSF. “It is a job which one has to do. I am serving here in my own right,” Srivastava said when asked how he feels about the unique distinction shared by the brothers. Sources said the new DG is likely to visit Naxal affected areas soon to get a first hand experience as the CRPF is the main force mandated to counter Naxals. The government had recently included both the ITBP and the BSF in the anti-Naxal operation and have appointed Vijay Raman, CRPF Special DG as the Commander of the joint central forces numbering over 60,000 personnel. Srivastava will have a tenure till March 31, 2012 and his name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “The matter was duly examined by the competent authority (before his appointment as CRPF director general),” said a smiling Srivastava in response to a query. In his interaction with reporters minutes after assuming office, Srivastava said: “I feel good” about he and his elder brother heading the country’s two largest paramilitary forces. “It is a rare honour,” said Srivastava. “Every body has to serve the country in the capacity he is destined for,” he added. Asked to list out his priorities as CRPF chief, Srivastava said: “The force is deployed on internal security duty at many fronts. But it is facing many challenges successfully and rising to the occasion.” The new CRPF chief also evaded a direct reply to a query on his stand on Jharkhand government’s diktat to suspend security operations in the state against Maoists. “I am too new. I will talk about it later,” said the CRPF chief. On a query as to how he proposes to fight naxal and ULFA menace, he said: “These are matters of operational details, not to be shared with media.”

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