Samant Goel, a 1984-batch IPS officer from the Punjab cadre, has been appointed the next chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency.
Goel is currently the operational head of RAW and had played a key role in planning the Balakot strikes in February as well as the 2016 surgical strikes following the Uri terror attack, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
The government has also named Arvind Kumar as the new director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Kumar is an IPS officer from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, also of the 1984 batch.
The two will take charge at the end of the month when the tenures of RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and IB head Rajiv Jain come to an end.
Dhasmana and Jain were appointed in December 2016 and had both received a six-month extension in December 2018. Kumar is an old hand in tackling left-wing extremism at the IB and is also a Kashmir expert.