Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid has been removed from his post days after the release of family members of terrorists which led to "serious differences" between the state government and the police chief.
Vaid, who took charge as Jammu and Kashmir DGP in 2016, was removed late Thursday and replaced by Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Prison.
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The removal of Vaid came few days after he was divested of several administration powers following the release of terrorists' family members. Vaid had protested the decision.
Last week, terrorists abducted kin of Jammu and Kashmir cops and demanded the release of their family members arrested after the killings of four policemen. The state police had relented under pressure and quietly released around a dozen family members of terrorists, including father of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riaz Naikoo.
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According to reports, the decision led to "serious differences" between the Governor's office and Vaid, which eventually resulted in the latter's sacking.
On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir intelligence chief Abdul Gani Mir was also removed from his post. He was replaced by B Srinivas.