The Chinar Corps Commander who understands the pulse of terrorism in the Valley and the beneficiaries of the terror conflict industry around it,
Lt Gen DP Pandey, is the General Officer Commanding of 15th Corps with its headquarters in Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar.
Lt Gen Pandey is credited with coining the term ‘white-collar terrorists’ for those who encourage recruitment
of youth into terror ranks and seek financial and political benefits out of it and yet have remained untouched until today by the system.
is also known for giving a free hand to his boys during an encounter with terrorists and yet monitoring every move closely until the last terrorist is neutralised. The tenure of Lt Gen Pandey has also seen a record surrender of terrorists as well as national
symbols getting their rightful respect and dignity in Kashmir after decades. With past experience of ADGPI at Army HQs in New Delhi, Lt Gen Pandey understands the importance of information warfare and hence has put a system in place to motivate the aawam (public),
especially youth, who drive the narrative of progress, prosperity, and peace.
Under his leadership, Lal Chowk has become the epicentre of activities
led by common Kashmiris and tourists feeling more relaxed while travelling through the length and breadth of the Valley. Lt Gen Pandey is also known to have motivated and encouraged young Kashmiri sportspersons, artists, and creative minds.
RASHMI RANJAN SWAIN, SPECIAL DGP
Known for his scientific policing, Special
DGP (CID) Rashmi Ranjan Swain, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1991 batch, maybe the intelligence chief of Jammu and Kashmir Police but could very well be the next Director-General of Police of the Union Territory. Swain is an experienced Pakistan
analyst who has had a noteworthy stint with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Credited with the creation of the State Investigation Agency
(SIA) in J&K on the lines of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Swain is bringing much-needed finesse to policing and investigation to clean the radicalisation within and outside the system. His no-nonsense approach and incorruptible image have the
separatists and their propagandists worried in Kashmir.
Swain, however, is a silent observer who keeps mostly away from the media glare. His
tenure has seen action against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth President Waheed Para as well as sons of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist and Chief of United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin. The biggest achievement, however, remains to maintain peace in the Valley
even after the death of radical separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani. This officer, who hails from Odisha, may strictly go by the book but knows how Kashmir needs tweaking and twisting to put an efficient system in place.
Spoken of highly by both the people of Kashmir as well as in the J&K Police, Swain is responsible for internal cleansing and uprooting the seeds of anti-national elements within the system. Swain is a rare
top officer who enjoys respect from all sections of the police force.