Gopal Hosur named Police Commissioner

Gopal B. Hosur

Gopal B. Hosur  

Sudipto Mondal

Mulky, Moodbidri left out of Commissionerate

He takes the additional charge today

He took over IGP (Western Range) in February last year

MANGALORE: Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B. Hosur will take additional charge as the first Police Commissioner of Mangalore city. The appointment was conveyed to the district police through a Government Order on Monday.

He will take charge on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Police Commissionerate at the District Police Headquarters, which will be attended by Home Minister V.S. Acharya and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh.

Mr. Hosur will hold charge until a “suitable and willing” officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police is found for the job, according to highly placed sources. The decision is learnt to have been taken at the last moment after two DIGs, K. Ramachandra Rao and J. Arun Chakravarthy, declined the post citing personal reasons.

Mr. Hosur was asked to take interim charge after intense deliberations at the highest level that continued past noon on Monday. Several names, including that of Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao, were considered, the sources said.

As Police Commissioner, Mr. Hosur will have powers that are otherwise held by the Deputy Commissioner of the district. In another unexpected move, the Government has decided to leave Mulky and Moodbidri out of the purview of the new Comissionerate. It was believed until the very end that the Home Department would succumb to pressure from local BJP leaders, who wanted Mulky and Moodbidri to be added to the new Commissionerate. Mr. Acharya is said to have conveyed that Mulky would be added in future, but not Moodbdri.

Yogish Bhat, MLA, welcomed the appointment of Mr. Hosur.

Mr. Hosur joined the police force in 1980 as a Karnataka State Police Service officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. He was later upgraded to the IPS cadre. He took over as Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) on February 18, 2009 and is in charge of Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Chickmagalur districts and heads the Anti-Naxal Force.

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