Mumbai: In a reshuffle in the top ranking
IPS officers, Maharashtra Government on Monday appointed Ajit Parasnis as Director General of Police (DGP), while Arup Patnaik is the new Mumbai Police Commissioner.
The 1976-batch IPS officer Parasnis was Director
General (Home Guards) being before shifted to the top post,
while Patnaik was Additional Director General (Highway
Parasnis is the new DGP, while Arup Patnaik has been
appointed Mumbai Police Commissioner," Home Minister R R Patil said.
Parasnis (59) succeeded D Sivanandan, who retired
today. Since Sivanandan was reluctant for an extension, the
Home Department has appointed Parasnis to the top job, sources
Parasnis is the senior-most IPS officer in the state,
followed by K Subramaniam, DG (Anti-Corruption Bureau) and
Pankaj Gupta, Additional DG (Planning and Co-ordination).
"I am happy that I am heading Maharashtra Police
department for which my father used to work for. There are a
number of challenges, but I will focus on tackling terrorism,
Naxalism and maintaining communal harmony. I want the common
man to feel safe and secure," he said after taking charge.
Patnaik, who belongs to 1979-IPS batch, replaced
Sanjeev Dayal (1977 batch), who was promoted as Director
General (Housing), a post lying vacant since the retirement of
P P Srivastava a few months ago.