R Sreelekha takes charge DGP of Kerala Fire and Rescue Services
Thiruvananthapuram: R Sreelekha has become the first woman to take charge as a DGP in Kerala. She has taken charge as the head of Fire and Rescue Services. Before being elevated to be the chief of Fire and Rescue Services, she has helmed many important positions in the force.
Sreelekha is succeeding senior DGP A Hemachandran, who has retired from service. Hemachandran said the other day that he was able to complete his services without any sort of pressure.
Sreelekha is an 1987 batch IPS officer. She joined the police force after working as a college teacher and a Reserve Bank employee. She had served as the District Police Chief of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in Ernakulam and also worked in Kochi and New Delhi offices of the CBI.
Sreelekha served as the managing director of public sector companies like Rubber Marketing Federation and Roads and Bridges Corporation also. She was also appointed as the Crime Branch IG, Vigilance Director, Intelligence ADGP, DGP of Prisons and Transport Commissioner.
She was the investigating officer of major cases like Praveen murder case, Kilimanoor case and irregularities in Consumer Fed.
Earlier, Thiruvananthapuram native Jeeja Madhavan had served as a DGP in Karnataka. She was the first woman to be appointed in DGP rank in South India.