The Karnataka government has appointed the state’s first woman director general of police and inspector general of police. On Tuesday (Oct 31), Neelamani N Raju took charge as the DGP-IGP.

According to media reports, Neelamani Raju, who hails from Roorkee in Uttarakhand, is a 1983 batch IPS officer. She replaced Rupak Kumar Dutta who retired from service, official sources said.

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The decision to appoint Raju as DGP-IGP was jointly taken by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and state home minister Ramalinga Reddy.

“Congratulations to Karnataka’s first woman DG-IGP Neelamani N Raju on her appointment. Wish her a successful tenure in the post,” the CM tweeted.

Addressing the media after taking charge, Raju said she was happy to take over the responsibility, considering that the state elections are round the corner.

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“I will carry this responsibility with a great sense of humility and commitment,” – Neelamani Raju

“I would like to see police become more friendly to everybody and women in particular, so that they are not afraid to come the police station. I am sure they are done properly, but sometimes things are not as good as one would like them to be,” Raju said, India Today reported.

According to The Hindu, Raju wasn’t the only choice for the post. Alongside her, two more names were being considered such as CID chief HC Kishore Chandra and MN Reddi, who heads the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Raju and Chandra were the frontrunners.

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“I think it is a great responsibility and honour to be selected for this post,” Raju said, according to the Hindustan Times. “Karnataka is a well-managed state and has a good police organisation.”

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