- Sanjay Arora, a senior IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, took charge as commissioner of Delhi Police
- Arora was accorded ceremonial guard of honour by police force upon his arrival today
- Arora was earlier serving as director-general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Delhi news: Sanjay Arora, a senior IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, took charge as the commissioner of Delhi Police on Monday (August 1), officials said.
Arora was accorded the ceremonial guard of honour by the police force upon his arrival at the Delhi Police Headquarters at Jai Singh Marg in the national capital.
The 57-year-old officer, who headed the paramilitary force Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), was once part of the Tamil Nadu Police's special task force which later hunted down forest brigand Veerappan.
He will succeed Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer, who retired on Sunday (July 31) after nearly 38 years in service.
Arora is the second successive non-AGMUT cadre IPS officer to head the Delhi Police and the third since the Delhi Police Act was passed in 1978 and a commissionerate was established.Know more about newly appointed Delhi CP Sanjay Arora:
He was appointed the director general of paramilitary force Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in August last year. He also had stints in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF).
Officials said Arora had played an important role in forming the Special Security Group to provide security to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu during the heyday of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which led the separatist war for a separate Tamil homeland for three decades in Sri Lanka.
Before Arora and Asthana, Ajai Raj Sharma, a 1966-batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was appointed as the Delhi Police chief in 1999 when LK Advani was the Union Home Minister.
The Delhi Police functions under the Union Home Ministry and its officers belong to the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.