Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has congratulated Neelamani N Raju on becoming the first woman police officer to head the Karnataka police force.

In a Twitter message last night, the former IPS officer said, “She wished Nellamani Raju all strength to infuse a strong dose of professional policing and to provide caring leadership to all ranks.”

Raju, a 1983 batch IPS officer, will replace incumbent Director General and Inspector General of Police Rupak Kumar Dutta, official sources had said.