Former AASU(All Assam Students Union) leader and ‘top spy’ Tapan Deka (IPS) has been appointed as the new chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The government of India, on 24 July, appointed Tapan Deka as the next Chief as current Director General Arvind Kumar will complete his tenure on June 30.
Deka, hailing from Tezpur, Assam, will have a fixed tenure of two years. Tapan Deka has superseded his senior Special Director A Sema Rajan. Deka is currently serving as the Special Director General of the IB.
Joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1988 (Himachal Pradesh cadre), Tapan Deka has served the IB since 1998.
Deka, the cop who was never seen in uniform, is the brain behind many counter-insurgency operations. Deka was the mastermind of the investigation of the ’30 October serial bomb blast, 2008′ in Assam. Deka was also the brain behind the arrest of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) chief Yasin Bhakal from Nepal in 2012, and another IM leader Tehsin Akhtar.
Deka also handled the Pathankot air base attack and Pulwama attack investigations. Under his spy tactic, the anti-CAA protests in Assam were brought down to deem level.
Deka was the chief of the counter-insurgency unit of the IB and was working in Kashmir, which resulted in the continuous success of operations against Kashmiri militants.