Odisha born IPS officer Loknath Behera was appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala on Tuesday.
Sources said, the newly formed Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government in Kerala replaced State Police Chief (SPC) and Director General of Police (DGP) TP Senkumar and posted his junior and Commandant General, Fire and Rescue Services, Loknath Behera to the top job in the State police force.
Lokanath Behera is from Puri and he holds a Masters degree in Geology from Utkal University. Behera was appointed to the IPS in 1985 and is a part of the Kerala cadre. He started his career as an ASP, in Kerala and also served as DCP in Kochi and Commissioner of Police in Thiruvananthapuram.
Loknath Behera, who had worked in the CBI and the NIA, was the Commandant General of Fire and Rescue Services. While on deputation at the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Behera was awarded the Presidents Medal for Distinguished Services in 2009.