IPS officer Hiren Ch Nath of Assam police is set to take charge as the Chief of the Special Branch on the first day of February. The current Chief of the Special Branch, Special director-general, Pallab Bhattacharyya will be retired on the 31st of this month.
Hiren Chandra Nath – an IPS (Assam-Meghalaya) cadre of the 1996 batch – also served as DIG (ACB) in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Guwahati City Commissioner of Police, before returning to his department. Nath is a gold medallist from Gauhati University in Political Science, before joining the Indian Police Service, worked as a lecturer at Cotton College. Nath also did his Masters in ‘Police Management from Osmania University.
Mr. Nath won the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2012 for his service in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Current Chief of the Special Branch Pallab Bhattacharyya, holding DG rank, is an IPS cadre of the 1986 batch.
Mr. Bhattacharyya took charge as chief of the Special Branch in August 2013 after serving as Additional Director General (ADG) of the same branch’s Special Operation Unit (SOU). Bhattacharyya, to date, serves as the Special director-general of Special Branch and Director-general of Home Guards and Commandant-general of Civil-defence.
It is to be mentioned that under the tenure of Pallab Bhattacharyya as the chief of the state intelligence branch, the public of Assam enjoyed harassment-free life that was not witnessed under an earlier period.
Mr. Bhattacharyya worked as a Lecturer at Bajali College, Pathsala of Barpeta district from 1982 to 1985 before being selected for the Indian Police Service. Bhattacharyya has a brilliant track record of education.
Pallab Bhattacharyya secured 9th Rank in his HSLC examination, and secured 2nd Rank in the Pre-University examination. After completing graduation with first class in Physics from Cotton College, he completed his MSC from Delhi University with First Class in Physics.
Moreover, under the tenure of Pallab Bhattacharyya as ADGP of SOU, most of the active militant outfits joined the mainstream with an agreement for a lateral talk with the government.
Mr. Bhattacharyya, survived a deadly accident on April 09, 2012, in which ADG of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Raghunath Behura succumbed to his injuries.