Home minister Jayant Patil announced that D Sivanandan, who is currently heading the state intelligence department, will be the new police commissioner of the city. Sivanandan has been Thane’s police commissioner and Mumbai’s joint commissioner of police (crime). The decision to remove hasan Gafoor came in the wake of the Ram Pradhan committee report on the shortcomings of the state police force during the 26/11 terror attacks last year. The report was recently submitted to chief minister Ashok Chavan. A source said the report criticised Gafoor for his poor handling of the crisis. However, Congress politicians expressed surprise at the government’s action, saying it was a wrong move by the home minister. They said that of all the police officers on duty, Gafoor was on the ground round the clock, tracking every move during the anti-terror operations. Addressing the media, Sivanandan stated that there would be less of talk and more of walk from his side. He also stated that that tackling terrosim would be his top priority. Bureau report NMTV News.
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