GUWAHATI, April 25: Assam government on Wednesday appointed senior IPS officer Kuladhar Saikia as the new director general of police (DGP) of the state. Saikia is also a well-known short story writer and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award.
Saikia, a 1985-batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will take over from the incumbent DGP Mukesh Sahay on his superannuation on May 1. “Kuladhar Saikia, special DGP (law & order), is promoted and posted as director general of police (DGP), Assam,” an official order from the home department said in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Earlier, the State Security Commission had prepared a list of five senior-most police officials including Kuladhar Saikia for the DGP post and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reportedly selected Saikia’s name from the list.
Saikia, a Ph.D in crime and development from IIT-Guwahati and an alumnus of Cotton College and Delhi University, has 20 published short story collections under his credit. He had won the Sahitya Akademi award for his book ‘Akakhor Sobi Aaru Anyanya Galpa (Picture of the Sky and Other Tales)’ in 2015.
Saikia is the second DGP to have won the Sahitya Akademi award. Former DGP Harekrishna Deka had won it in 1987 for ‘Aan Ejan (Another One)’, a collection of poems in 1987.
Saikia has also won the Katha award for his short story. Apart from it, he had also won Fulbright Humphrey fellowship (for community leadership) from University of Pennsylvania in 2000.
Saikia, 59, was among five senior IPS officers who were in contention for the DGP’s post after Mukesh Sahay’s retirement on April 30.