Amaravati, Jun 30 (PTI) Ram Prawesh Thakur took charge as Director General of Police (Head of Police Force) of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read - Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Ishant Sharma Shines as Delhi Beat Andhra Pradesh to Register Second Straight Win of Season

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Prior to becoming the DGP, Thakur, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, was Director General of Anti-Corruption Bureau. Also Read - Top News Headlines From Andhra Pradesh & Telangana: CM Rao Suffers Chest Infection; NIT Warangal Distributes Over 100 Free Laptops; more

Chief Secretary (in-charge) Anil Chandra Punetha issued an order appointing Thakur as DGP this morning, putting an end to speculation that another officer of the 1986 batch Gautam Damodar Sawang was set to become the police chief.

A four-member selection panel, headed by the Chief Secretary, shortlisted five DG-rank officers for the post of DGP (HoPF) in accordance with the amended AP Police Reforms Act that vested the power with the state government to choose the DGP.

Accordingly, the Chief Minister selected Thakur, overlooking the 1986 batch topper Varun Sindhu Kul Kaumudi.

Kaumudi is currently on deputation with the central government, serving as CRPF Additional DG in Jammu.

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