Pradeep Pattanayak

Putting all speculations to rest, Arun Kumar Sarangi has been allowed to remain in an additional charge of D.G of Police, Odisha till a regular DGP joins. The Odisha Home Department issued a notification in this regard in this regard.

A 1990 batch officer, Arun Kumar Sarangi along with two others was promoted to the Director General of Police rank on May 3, 2023. The other two were Sudhanshu Sarangi and YB Khurania, all from the 1990 batch.

He is presently acting as the Special DG of Police, Training, and Director of Biju Patnaik State Police Academy (BPSPA).

Notably, the present DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal is all set to retire from the government service on December 31. The Odisha government had earlier allowed him to take retirement. 

The Home Department, Government of Odisha, had informed about the decision through a notification earlier.

Then, it was discussed that the state government has already started the process for the appointment of a new DGP. As a part of this exercise, the state government is said to have sent a list of five IPS officers to the Central government. 

The officers who are said to be in the race of the DGP are Arun Kumar Sarangi, YB Khurania, and Sudhanshu Sarangi. A 1990-batch IPS officer, Khurania is currently serving as the Special DG of Eastern Command BSF. Similarly, Sudhanshu Sarangi is currently serving as the DG of the Odisha Fire Services Department. B Radhika, presently serving as the additional DG of SSB, New Delhi, and AM Prasad posted as the DG of Prisons, Odisha, are also in the race for the DGP.