Friday, April 18, 2008

Anti-naxal unit chief is new head of Octopus

Hyderabad, April 17: In a major reshuffle, second such in the last one month, the State Government on Wednesday issued orders transferring 35 IPS officers of various ranks.

While on the one hand, Home Minister K Jana Reddy along with a team of IPS officers is on a tour to the US to study anti-terror measures being taken up there, on the other, AK Mohanty, Director General of Octopus, a unit formed after last year’s three bomb blasts in the city, was shunted out and posted as Chairman of AP Road Safety Authority!

Senior officer Ch Dwaraka Tirumal Rao, head of the anti-Naxal unit, SIB, has been posted in his place. B Shivdhar Reddy replaces Rao.

Though Octopus was created in October last, it has remained confined to the paper, allegedly due to serious differences between Mohanty and DGP SSP Yadav.

Another key posting was that of Damodar Gautam Sawang, who was on Central deputation with the Central Reserve Police Force for the last few years. He is back as IGP (Law and Order). Another senior IPS officer, SR Tiwari, who was also on Central deputation, returned as IGP (Organisation).

In Hyderabad, DCP (Traffic) Kripanand Tripathi Ujela, who was promoted as DIG, has been posted as Joint Commissioner of Police (Security and Coordination).

Even the West zone DCP N Madhusudhana Reddy was moved out and C Ravi Varma, Joint Director, ACB, was posted in his place.

--Agencies

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