S. Venkata Rao has assumed office as new Deputy Superintendent of Police (Government Railway Police) here on Thursday.

He succeeds V. Bhima Rao, who has been transferred to the Police Training College at Vizianagaram as Vice-Principal of the college.

Mr. Venkata Rao said safety of passengers at railway stations and in trains running in the region would be his top priority, in addition to controlling crime in trains and at stations.