Arvind Ranjan, a 1977-batch IPS officer of Kerala Cadre, assumed charge as 24th Director-General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the force’s headquarters in Lodhi Road here on Thursday.

Fifty-eight-year old Mr. Ranjan, who had been serving as the Director-General of the Security Guard (NSG) till now, was given the additional charge of DG CISF since the retirement of former CISF chief Rajiv in October this year.

This will be Mr. Ranjan’s second stint at the 1.47-lakh strong CISF, which guards 59 airports in the country besides vital installations related to aerospace, nuclear power sector and industrial units. In the past, too, he has served as a Deputy Inspector General in CISF.

Overall, Mr. Ranjan, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, has an experience of 36 years during which he has served in his cadre and various central paramilitary forces.

A postgraduate holder in electronics from Allahabad University, Mr. Ranjan served as aide-de-camp (ADC) to Governor of Kerala, a State where he held many positions including charge of three sub-divisions and two districts as well.

Earlier, as Inspector General he headed two frontiers in the Border Security Force in Tripura and Punjab.

Mr. Ranjan, besides serving as Deputy Inspector General CISF, was the Director of BSF Academy, Tekanpur, and also remained Additional Director-General (human resources) and special DG, BSF.

A statement issued by the CISF said as Inspector General he headed two frontiers in the Border Security Force in Tripura and Punjab.

Mr. Ranjan has been awarded with Police Medal (1997), Police Special Duty Medal (2002) and President Police Medal (2006) for his meritorious service.

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