Balakot strikes planner Samant Goel to be R&AW chief, Arvind Kumar to head IB - The Statesman

Balakot strikes planner Samant Goel to be R&AW chief, Arvind Kumar to head IB

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Senior IPS officers Samant Goel and Arvind Kumar are set to head the country’s top intelligence agencies – the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) respectively.

According to reports, the government has approved their appointments with Home Minister Amit Shah signing the file which is now with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Goel will replace Anil Dhasmana as the R&AW chief and Arvind Kumar will succeed Rajiv Jain in IB.


Both officers, of the 1984 batch, will assume charge on June 30, the sources said.

Goel was instrumental in planning the February 2019 Balakot air strikes and the 2016 surgical strikes carried out after the terror attack at Uri.

The strikes had played a major role in creating a positive outlook towards the NDA government among the masses.

Arvind Kumar is considered to be an expert on Kashmir and is a Special Director Kashmir. He was also involved in tackling Left Wing Extremism at IB.

Samant Goel has also helped handle the Punjab militancy when it was at its peak in the 1990s and was posted in Dubai and London.

Arvind Kumar, an officer from the Assam Meghalaya cadre, headed the agency in Bihar.

Meanwhile, Amitabh Kant has been given an extension as CEO NITI Aayog for a period of two years.