Bhubaneswar: Bijay Kumar Sharma, Director General of Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence, assumed the charge as officiating Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha, official sources said today.
Sharma has assigned the charge of DGP, in addition to his present duty as the incumbent DGP RP Sharma has gone on leave following his wife’s untimely death this morning, the sources added.
As the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are just a few days away, the State government has recommended the names of three senior IPS officers to the Election Commission of India for selection of temporary DGP. Sharma has been given the additional duty following the Election Commission’s approval.
Earlier in the day, RP Sharma’s wife Tushar Sharma, passed away while undergoing treatment for pneumonia and lung infection at Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.