Saturday, August 08, 2009

3 new police posts to tackle Maoists

Express News Service

To tackle threats from Maoists and terrorists, the state home department has created three additional posts in the Kolkata police ranks.

Noting that though Maoists may not target Kolkata but the threat persists, state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said the new posts — Special Commissioner of Police I, Special Commissioner of Police II, and Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) — will help in better coordination while dealing with such threats.

While R K Pachnanda, Additional Commissioner of Police-I will become the new Special Commissioner of Police-I, Additional Commissioner of Police-II Bani Brata Basu and DC (Detective Department) Javed Shamim will take charge as Special Commissioner of Police-II and Joint Commissioner of Police Headquarters, respectively.

All the three officers have been promoted as the two special commissioner posts are in the rank of Additional Director General of Police.

The August 6 notification that appeared in Kolkata Police Gazette stated: “The situation arising out of increasing Left-wing extremism in some parts of the state and the threat of terrorist strikes in Kolkata has been under constant review by the state government. After carefully considering the need to meet these challenges, the government has decided to strengthen the higher ranks of the police for better supervision and coordination.”

The Home department has created the new posts in Kolkata police after keeping in abeyance the three posts in the West Bengal Police.

The posts of ADG and IG in West Bengal Armed Police and ADG and IG, Mordernisation and Coordination and DIG (Prosecution) are being kept in abeyance for the creation of the three new posts in Kolkata police, the notification added.

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