Indian govt appoints Tapan Kumar Deka as new IB chief

New Delhi, June 25 (KMS): Narendra Modi-led Indian government has appointed Tapan Kumar Deka as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) while the tenure of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, Samant Goel, has been extended by one more year.

Deka takes over as the new IB chief for a tenure of two years, as per an official order issued by the Indian Personnel Ministry. He is a 1988 batch officer from the Himachal Pradesh cadre. He takes over from Arvinda Kumar, who will demit his office on June 30 after getting a one-year extension last year.

Deka, considered to be an expert on the affairs of operations, especially in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Northeast, currently heads the operations wing of the IB, which he has been serving for over two decades.

Deka, who hails from Assam, was personally sent by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah to his home state to handle the volatile situation that arose following the large-scale protests that rocked Assam after the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019. Off-late, he has been the go-to man for the Modi government on the affairs of IIOJK as he has been involved in suppressing the ongoing freedom movement in the territory.

The tenure of Samant Goel, who has been heading the RAW, has been extended by one more year, the ministry said in another order. With this, Goel is the third RAW chief who has got a tenure of more than three years.

Earlier R N Kao, the founder chief of RAW served the agency for nine years followed by N F Suptnook who was at the helm of affairs for six years.