Incumbent DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha (left) and DGP designate Virendra.
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Kolkata: West Bengal police is set to get a new director general of police (DGP) this 31 May when the incumbent Surajit Kar Purkayastha retires after two-years in the chair.

Virendra, an IPS officer of 1985 batch, will become the new DGP, sources at state secretariat Nabanna disclosed. Virendra, 57, is now the DG (security) with primary responsibility to oversee Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s security.

The state government, however, is not letting Kar Purkayastha go even after his retirement. Sources said that a new post named state security advisor has been created wherein the Chief Minister’s blue-eyed officer will be posted on a contract basis.

Kar Purkayastha, it may be recalled, was made DGP on 30 May 2016 bypassing six senior IPS officers. He was to retire on 1 January 2017 after attaining the age of 60 years.

But citing a Supreme Court order that “the Director General and Inspector General of Police of West Bengal shall hold office for not less than two years irrespective of his date of retirement on superannuation”, Mamata government had extended his term till 31 May 2018.

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