The UP government Tuesday appointed 1978-batch IPS officer Rizwan Ahmad as the new Director General of Police (DGP). He is the first Muslim to assume the post in the state.
Ahmad replaces Deo Raj Nagar who retired Tuesday.
Ahmad himself will have a short tenure as he is due to retire in February.
Ahmads name for the DGPs post was doing the rounds in the IPS circles since April when former DGP A C Sharma was on his way out. He had overseen arrangements of the iftaar party hosted by CM Akhilesh Yadav.
However,Nagar was appointed as the DGP in April.
The Akhilesh Yadav governments image has taken severe beating over the condition of post-riot relief camps where 34 children have died due to the cold.
Sources in the government said the government was earlier hesitant in appointing Ahmad as DGP given that another Muslim officer,Jawed Usmani,holds the Chief Secretarys post.
A native of Ballia,Ahmad was posted as Director General,Railways,since May after he he was shifted from the post of Director General (Telecom). On Tuesday evening,he said boosting the morale of police personnel and maintaining peace in the state will be his priorities.