Amulya Patnaik appointed new Delhi Police Commissioner

Amulya Patnaik, a 1985-batch IPS officer, will have one of the longest tenures as Delhi Police chief. He is set to retire in January 2020.

He has been serving as the Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance and administration) in Delhi Police and will take charge from outgoing commissioner Alok Verma on 31 January.

His order of appointment was released on 30 January by the ministry of home affairs.

Originally from Odisha, Patnaik is learnt to be a man of few words. He is from the AGMUT cadre.

Patnaik was at the forefront of the police action to quell riots and the anti-Dunkel mammoth rally in 1994 in which the mob turned violent.

In 1995, Patnaik took the initiative to launch Pratidhi, a Delhi Police programme, to extend counseling and other assistance to victims of traumatic crimes. It is working successfully to this day.

During his stint as IG, SPG, he was credited with planning and managing of the security of the lone train journey undertaken by the prime minister in 2003.

Patnaik's daughter is a professional classical dancer, while his wife was a qualified teacher who is now managing home. It has been learnt that Patnaik's brother is an IS officer but he became hermit and left for Haridwar.

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