After much speculation for the past two days, outgoing Bangalore Police Commissioner B.G. Jyothi Prakash Mirji on Friday handed over the baton to Raghavendra H. Auradkar, who took charge as the 27th city police chief following an Election Commission of India (EC) directive.
The EC had earlier rejected the names of three senior IPS officers suggested by the State government, and insisted on Mr. Auradkar, who was serving as Principal Secretary, Home Department (Prisons, Crime and Auxiliary Services).
Soon after taking charge, Mr. Auradkar sought cooperation of all, including political parties to ensure “free, fair and smooth” conduct of the Legislative Assembly elections next month.
Rule of law
“Upholding the rule of law will be the main priority,” he said.
Speaking to reporters later in the afternoon, he said it was a challenge to take charge of the city at a time when elections are approaching. “I will ensure law and order and peaceful polls,” he said.
Further, his department will be watching closely for any violation of election code of conduct. “And we will take action impartially,” he added.