Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2016

Soumen Mitra takes over as Kolkata Police Commissioner

Kolkata: Soumen Mitra took over as the new Police Commissioner of Kolkata today after Rajeev Kumar was removed from the post by the Election Commission following complaints against him by opposition parties in poll-bound West Bengal.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Soon after assuming the chair at Lalbazar Police Headquarters here, Mitra, an IPS officer of the 1988 batch, said, “It’s a difficult situation. We are going to conduct the elections in the city peacefully.

“I am very confident of my team of officers of Kolkata Police. There is a huge force of the Kolkata Police who are very professional. I am sure with the help of my force, we will be able to conduct the elections peacefully,” he said.

The top cop said with the elections to be held in the city within another couple of weeks, his taking over as the city Police Commissioner was a “challenging” task.

“There is not much time left for the elections in the city. In that way it’s definitely a challenge for me,” Mitra said.

He further emphasised that his appointment as the police chief was made by the state government.

“I have been appointed by the state government. As a civil servant, as a bureaucrat, postings do happen suddenly and my posting as the Commissioner also took place in a similar manner,” Mitra, who was earlier working as ADG, CID in the state police, said.

Handing over the charge to Mitra, Rajeev Kumar, an IPS officer of the 1989 batch, rushed to his new office to take over as ADG, Anti-Corruption Branch in the state police.

Kumar was appointed as Kolkata Police Commissioner in January this year.


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