IB, RAW get new directors

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has appointed chiefs of two key intelligence units of the country – the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Two senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of the 1984 batch have been appointed to the key positions.

The government has appointed Samant Goel as the RAW chief and Arvind Kumar as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. Notably, new RAW chief Samant Goel was the planner of the IAF airstrike on Balakot in Pakistan, which was conducted to avenge the Pulwama attack on CRPF wherein at least 40 jawans lost their lives. Arvind Kumar, the new IB Director, is an expert on issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir.