Amid Violence Delhi gets New Police Chief SN Srivastava

Amid Violence Delhi gets New Police Chief SN Srivastava

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SN Srivastava has been given additional charge as the chief of Delhi Police, days after he was made Special Commissioner (Law and Order) by the Home Ministry after bringing him from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to end the violence over the controversial citizenship law in Delhi. Mr Srivastava will replace Amulya Patnaik, who retires tomorrow.

Mr Srivastava is a 1985-batch officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory or AGMUT cadre. Mr Patnaik's tenure, which was extended for a month, ends tomorrow, as the centre works to restore peace in areas hit by violence in northeast Delhi that killed 39 and left hundreds injured.

Mr Srivastava's appointment fills a void in the Delhi Police that is seen as grappling with a leadership crisis.

"People did not believe intentions of Delhi Police during the violence. Even the image of Commissioner of Delhi Police was not very good for whatever reasons. But soon Delhi will have a new Police Commissioner," National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

The Central Reserve Police Force has relieved Mr Srivastava to join the new post.

Mr 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