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Anurag Agarwal Appointed as Head of Parliament Security

In a significant move to bolster the security of India’s parliamentary complex, IPS officer Anurag Agarwal has been appointed as the new head of Parliament security. This decision comes at a crucial juncture, following recent security breaches that have underscored the need for stringent protective measures within one of the nation’s most critical infrastructures.

Background of Anurag Agarwal

Anurag Agarwal, a seasoned officer from the 1998 batch of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been serving as an inspector general in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). With his extensive experience in law enforcement and internal security, Agarwal brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role as the joint secretary (security) of the Parliament House complex.

Appointment Details

The appointment of Mr. Agarwal was officially confirmed through an order issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, marking the culmination of a search for a suitable candidate to fill the vacancy left since October 20. The position had been empty following the departure of the previous joint secretary, Raghubir Lal, who returned to his cadre. The role of JS (Security) is a pivotal one, traditionally occupied by an IPS officer, tasked with overseeing the comprehensive security framework of the Parliament.

Challenges and Responsibilities

Mr. Agarwal assumes his responsibilities at a time when the security of the Parliament House complex is under scrutiny. This follows an incident on December 13, where two individuals managed to breach security protocols, entering the Lok Sabha chamber from the visitors’ gallery and releasing a can of yellow smoke. The event has highlighted the imperative for a thorough overhaul of security measures to prevent any such occurrences in the future.



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