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Updated: August 26, 2012 18:24 IST

Mumbai police commissioner shifted

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Satyapal Singh, a 1980 batch IPS officer has been appointed as the new Mumbai Commissioner of Police. File photo
Satyapal Singh, a 1980 batch IPS officer has been appointed as the new Mumbai Commissioner of Police. File photo

Refuting suggestions that the transfer of Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik was a direct fallout of the August 11 rioting near Azad Maidan, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Thursday asserted that the shift was merely an "administrative move".

While senior IPS officer Satyapal Singh will take over as Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mr. Patnaik has been promoted as Director- General and posted as Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Security Council (MSSC).

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Mr. Patil explained that the process of filling up the DG’s post at the MSSC had been by mooted on July 6 itself. The proposal had been sent to the state government by August 8 and approval granted by August 16.

The Chief Secretary had chaired a meeting on August 16 regarding the appointment, he said.

“With festivals and other events requiring high-security due in the coming months, we did not think it wise to delay appointment for this important post,” Mr. Patil remarked, defending Mr. Patnaik’s promotion.

Likewise, the Home Minister emphatically denied that the government had effected the transfer owing to opposition pressure and claims by political parties that Mr. Patnaik’s conduct during the Azad Maidan violence had adversely affected the morale of the city’s police force.

“Mr. Patnaik is being promoted, so in what way can a promotion dent the morale of the police force?” said Mr. Patil, who lauded the efforts of the police force in preventing the Azad Maidan violence and from spreading to other parts of the state.

The Opposition, notably the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had launched tirades slamming the Home Minister and Mr. Patnaik for failing to check the Azad Maidan violence.

On Tuesday, the MNS had succeeded in mobilising an impressive crowd at a protest demonstration condemning the rioting.

“The move has transpired owing to the consistent pressure put by our party on the State Government,” said MNS legislator Nitin Sardesai.

Similarly, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari censured the move by commenting that Mr. Patnaik should have been suspended instead of being awarded a promotion.

Two people were killed and more than fifty, including several policemen and media personnel, seriously injured in the full-scale rioting that broke out after agitators, led by the city-based Sunni Islamic Raza Academy went on a rampage. They had gathered in massive numbers to voice their dissent against ongoing atrocities being committed on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

The rioting had resulted in the gutting of police and media vehicles and damage to property worth crores of rupees, including the desecration of a memorial dedicated to the memory of war veterans near Azad Maidan.

This article has been corrected for a factual error.

The Govt is trying to fool the masses by giving an excuse of Azad Maidan
Violence, whereas the real reason of the transfer of Police Commissioner
is that the honest, bold Commissioner gave a free hand to gutsy officers
like Vasant Dhoble, who were cleaning the rot out of Mumbai created by
the so called Elite class, their way of life, which made Mumbai
unlivable. Coincidentally one bar raided by ACP Vasant Dhoble was owned
by Thackerays. But we want to tell the Govt that people of this country
are not ignorant fools anymore.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 09:40 IST

This can only happen in India - & only when Politicians are ur boss:
Name one country - where a Govt. servant, performing so pathetically and results in loss of human lives. And instead of dismissing him from service or demoting him - he gets elevated to a senior Position. Take the case of Sushil Shinde. On his watch 600 million people plunge into darkness. And lo & behold - he gets promoted to Home Minister.
This particularly happens in Congress led Govts.

from:  Hari Haran
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 19:30 IST

Playing to the gallery is not good administration. Police and Army, often have to place themselves in the line of fire which far exceeds their rewards and salaries. It is absolutely essential that their morale is kept high.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 16:29 IST

Very unfortunate that this honest and efficient IPS officer has been treated so badly. Let God give wisdom to the Maharashtra Government.

from:  V. Kaushik
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 14:24 IST

Awfully Demoralising. Mr.Patnaik was in a catch22 situation. The Government is surely wilting under pressure. This should not create any precedence.

from:  Jambunathan
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 14:16 IST
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