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Delhi:

PM Narendra Modi appointed the key strategist of Balakot strike, Samant Goel as the new chief of India’s foreign intelligence agency RAW(Research and Analysis Wing). He also appointed Arvind Kumar as the IB (Intelligence Bureau) director.

Both of them are IPS officers of the 1984 batch and hold the rank of Director General. Goel is from the Punjab cadre while Kumar is from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Arvind Kumar has been involved in tackling Naxal extremism at the Intelligence Bureau. He is holding a charge as special director Kashmir at the IB.

“The Home Minister has signed the file and it has gone to PMO,” a senior officer in the Prime Minister’s Office told NDTV. Both officials will take charge on June 30.

Mr Goel has helped handle the Punjab militancy when it was at its peak in the 1990s and was posted in Dubai and London. “He was posted as in-charge consular in Dubai and also as in London,” a senior officer in the home ministry told media.

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