Jammu and Kashmir Police will have a new police chief June 1 as current incumbent Kuldeep Khoda is retiring May 31.
Khoda made this announcement while addressing a meeting of police officers and media here Saturday.
"As of now, I am hanging my boots May 31. There is nothing more to add on this count," he said.
Khoda was appointed chief of state police in July 2007. It was during his tenure that difficult situations like the 2008 Amarnath land row agitation, the 2009 protests over the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian and the street violence of 2010 broke out.
It was also during his tenure that despite violence and agitations, the Amarnath pilgrimage passed off peacefully.
Regarding speculations about his becoming the first Chief Vigilance Commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir, he said: "Time will tell what would happen."
There are many top-ranking officers, two from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and two from the state police itself, in the race for the top post.