AGENCIES, New Delhi: Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SN ShirVastava has been appointed as chief of Delhi Police from March 1 until further orders. This comes days after Shrivastava was made Special Commissioner (Law and Order) by the Home Ministry after bringing him from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to end Delhi violence over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Shrivastava will replace Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, who will retire on Saturday, as the chief of Delhi Police. “My primary job will be to ensure that there is a feeling of security and people should also feel police are there for them,” Shrivastava told news agency PTI.
Shrivastava is a 1985-batch officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory or AGMUT cadre. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has brought SN Shrivastava to Delhi Police from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), where he was posted as special director-general.
Violence have ripped apart Northeast Delhi, which claimed 42 lives so far. Mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at local residents and police personnel.
Patnaik came under fire from residents and political leaders after the force under him was seen as ineffective in ending the violence on Sunday last, when it broke out, and in the following days.