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R.P. Thakur appointed State police chief

New DGP R.P. Thakur being greeted by outgoing DGP M. Malakondaiah on Saturday.

New DGP R.P. Thakur being greeted by outgoing DGP M. Malakondaiah on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR

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‘There will be zero tolerance towards rowdy elements’

Ram Pravesh Thakur, an IPS officer of the 1986 batch, was on Saturday appointed the Director-General of Police and Head of Police Force.

Mr. Thakur, who presently heads the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), was accompanied by members of his family, including his father who came all the way from Bihar, his wife Amitha, and his daughter, and senior police officers when he took over from M. Malakondaiah at 1.30 p.m. at the A.P. Police Headquarters here.

Mr. Thakur, who will turn 58 on July 1, has a full two-year tenure, and will be at the helm during the crucial general elections in 2019.

An alumnus of IIT-Kanpur, Mr. Thakur had joined the IPS service on December 15, 1986. After serving as SP in the districts of West Godavari, Kadapa, Krishna, and Warangal, and later as DCP, Hyderabad, Mr. Thakur headed to the Central services where he had served as DIG, CISF, Patna.

Since November 2016, he has been heading the ACB.

The decision to appoint Mr. Thakur as the DGP was taken by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu this morning. Soon after receiving information, Mr. Thakur drove to the residence of Mr. Naidu and thanked him for choosing him to the top post.

“I will bring transparency in policing, and the police will continue to maintain friendly relations with the public. But I will be ruthless in dealing with anti-social elements. The police will have zero tolerance towards rowdy elements. We will use all our resources, including technology, to crack down on the anti-social elements. The Chief Minister is particular that there should be no law and order issues in the State,” the DGP said in his maiden press conference.

Giving a hint of a few innovative welfare measures, Mr. Thakur said he was planning to spend at least one day in a month with the families of constables who bear the brunt of their duties.

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