ex-DGP of Punjab Virk joins saffron party

SS Virk, the former DGP of Punjab and Maharashtra, joined the BJP on Friday, along with several other prominent Punjabi figures. Virk, a Padma Shri recipient, was a pioneer in the fight against terrorism in the 1980s and 1990s.

Virk, a 1970-batch Maharashtra cadre IPS officer, was deputed to Punjab in 1984 during the militancy. Before returning to his parent cadre, he served as Punjab DGP during Capt Amarinder Singh’s first term as Chief Minister, from 2002 to 2007. He was appointed Maharashtra DGP just months after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

In 1986, he was assigned to the CRPF as DIG and stationed in Amritsar, with KPS Gill as the paramilitary force’s IG. Virk was shot in the face outside the Golden Temple in May 1988 during Operation Black Thunder and remained in a coma for nine days.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the BJP’s Punjab in charge, welcomed him into the party.

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