Haryana appoints Shatrujeet Kapoor as new DGP


Shatrujit Kapoor has become the new DGP of Haryana. Kapoor is a 1990 batch IPS. He will replace PK Agarwal, who retired on 15 August. Apart from Kapoor, who ultimately secured the post, RC Mishra and Mohd Aqeel were in the race for the post of DGP. The government has issued orders in this regard and Kapoor will remain in this post for 2 years. On Tuesday, there was churning for about three hours in the CMO regarding the selection between RC Mishra and Shatrujeet Kapoor. In this maelstrom, the youngest IPS officer in the panel, Kapoor, seemed the clear contender for the post.
On Wednesday, newly-appointed DGP Kapoor received a Guard of Honour from police personnel at the Police Headquarters. Senior police officers including ADGPs Alok Kumar Roy, OP Singh, AS Chawla, Ajay Singhal, Mamta Singh, with IGP Amitabh Singh Dhillon, IG Sanjay Singh, Saurav Singh, DIG Naazneen Bhasin, AIG Kamaldeep Goyal, SP Samiti Chaudhary and IPS Pankaj Nain were present and congratulated the DGP.
On 10 August, UPSC cleared three names for the post of DGP in a panel meeting. Home Department Secretary Maniram Sharma reached Chandigarh on Friday with a UPSC panel and delivered the file to Home Minister Anil Vij. After his approval, it was sent to the CM for a final decision. After assuming charge, the DGP addressed a press conference where he said his priority will be to bring about reforms in policing by making it more responsive and ensuring transparency in police work. “There is no place for corruption in the police and it would not be tolerated at any cost. If corruption is found anywhere strict action will be taken against the guilty as per law,” he asserted. He further said that special emphasis would be given to ensure that the interests of the vulnerable groups of society are completely safe.
“Providing a safe and secure atmosphere to the women and daughters of the state” would among his top priorities as DGP, Kapoor said. This, he said, could be possible with the active involvement of the society. He made it clear that there is “no place for criminals in Haryana”, either they leave the world of crime or leave the State.
Haryana, Kapoor said, has a strong police force of more than 55,000 personnel and special attention would be given to enhancing their skills through capacity building for core policing aspects.
DGP Kapoor also highlighted the success of the dial 112 programme, adding that it reduced response time considerably. He said that steps for police welfare would be taken as policing is challenging work and so officers can work with commitment and dedication. The DGP also put forth a clear message to drug peddlers, saying no one would be allowed to “play with the future of youth” in the state.
The senior-most on the Haryana DGP panel after PK Aggarwal, who retired, is 1989 batch IPS officer Mohammad Aqueel. He is currently in charge of DG Jail. He will retire on 31 December 2025. RC Mishra is a 1990 batch IPS officer who has command of the Police Housing Corporation. Mishra will retire in June 2024. Shatrujit Kapoor is the third senior 1990 batch IPS who is the DG of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). He will retire on 31 October 2026.