Imphal, June 1 (). Amid month-long ethnic violence in Manipur, the state government on Thursday appointed senior IPS officer Rajeev Singh as Director General of Police (DGP) in place of state police chief P. Dongal.
Dongal, a 1987 batch IPS officer of Manipur cadre, has been appointed to the newly created post of Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) in the Home Department, according to an official order by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms.
The order said Rajeev Singh, a 1993 batch IPS officer of Tripura cadre, should take over as DGP Manipur from P. Dongal immediately after joining the state government. Singh is currently the Inspector General of CRPF.
On May 3, caste violence took place in Manipur, in which the state was devastated. At least 80 people have been killed and over 300 injured in the violence. Apart from all this, about 2,000 houses were ransacked and some houses were set on fire.
The violence erupted after tribal solidarity marches were organized in 11 hill districts by the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur to protest their demand for Scheduled Tribe status for the Meitei community.
This was preceded by tensions over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserved forest land by the state government, which had led to several small agitations in the four districts.
Soon after the violence broke out, the central government appointed Kuldeep Singh, a former chief of the Central Reserve Police Force and retired IPS, as security advisor to the Manipur government.