Kozhikode police chief transferred

KOZHIKODE NOV. 9. The Kozhikode City Police Commissioner, Sanjeev Patjoshi, has been transferred. Orders, advising him to take charge as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Communications, in Thiruvananthapuram, have been issued, the Principal Home Secretary, N. Ramakrishnan, told The Hindu today.

Top police sources said here on Saturday that T. K. Vinod Kumar, who was till recently on a foreign mission attached to the U.N. in Sierra Leone in Africa, would be the new City Police Commissioner.

Mr. Vinod Kumar had earlier served as the Superintendent of Police in Palakkad and Ernakulam (Rural) districts.

He had also been assigned the task of peace-keeping in Bosnia in 1999.

The transfer of Mr. Patjoshi has come as a surprise to many in the Police Department.

His predecessor, Vijay Sakhare, was also shunted out of the post following loud complaints that he was cold to political leaders, especially the ruling members.

Mr. Sakhare was transferred to the post of Superintendent of Police (SP), Railways, after he arrested the Kozhikode District Congress Committee (DCC) president, M. Veerankutty, from a private lodge here for the alleged attack on the office on October 31 last year.

Some of the decisions Mr. Patjoshi took also had rattled his superiors and led to controversies.

One was his handling of the case relating to the alleged rape of a young burn victim at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (MCH).

Much to the dismay of his senior officials, Mr. Patjoshi had made a contribution of Rs. 100 to a fund set up by some people to bring relief to the wronged woman.

Many senior officials thought he should not have got emotionally involved in the case, instead of conducting the scientific investigation on true professional lines.

It was also during his tenure that Mr. Veerankutty and 10 party activists were chargesheeted for allegedly attacking the office of the Police Commissioner a year ago.

However, senior officers here claimed that the transfer of Mr. Patjoshi was purely on technical grounds and had nothing to do with any sort of political compulsions.

He served as the Commissioner in Kozhikode for almost a year, according to Venugopal K. Nair, North Zone Inspector General of Police.

Mr. Nair said there had been considerable improvement in basic policing in Malabar during the last one year.

The trouble-torn areas, including Panur, Kannur, Koothuparambu, Nadapuram and Tanur, were brought under control using stringent measures.

"The method of policing has been focused on specific issues. We have been able to root out the problem with a single stroke.

The contribution of the officers at every level is noteworthy,'' Mr. Venugopal added.

Meanwhile, it is also learnt that Mr. Sanjeev Patjoshi has sought a deputation to the Centre.

He has sought a post at various agencies, including the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in New Delhi.

Mr. Patjoshi, of the 1991 batch IPS cadre officer, served a one-year term as Communications Officer (in charge of logistics) in the United Nations Civilian Observer Wing in the strife-torn Kosova during the period 2000-2001.

He was also the SP in Palakkad and Kollam districts and Aide de' Commissionaire (ADC) to the Governor.

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