Mumbai, Aug 23 (ANI): Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Thursday said that promoting Arup Patnaik from the rank of Police Commissioner to Director General would boost the overall morale of the uniformed services.
"Giving promotion to someone would supplement the morale. People had been asking for his (Arup Patnaik) transfer in this situation, and also suspension whereas the administration has endorsed promotion to him. Indeed, this would certainly enhance the morale of the personnel in uniform," Patil told mediapersons here.
"You are considering it as a sudden step, but it has not been taken all of a sudden. We have been discussing this matter since July 6. The file was prepared by August 8 and no adverse incident had taken place during that period," he added.
Meanwhile, Satyapal Singh, who took over as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner, said that he was honoured that he was considered eligible for the post.
"At the outset, I would like to congratulate my friend Arup Patnaik on his promotion in the rank of the DGP. Today being appointed as the police chief of the Mumbai Police, I consider it as an honour to me and I am very conscious of the heavy responsibilities this post carries," said Singh.
Satyapal Singh, the 1980 batch IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, further said that it was very important for the Mumbai Police to restore communal harmony in the city.
"Certainly a question mark has been put on the capability of the police to maintain communal harmony in the city. Similarly, I will try my best to make Mumbai Police very very strong, very efficient, impartial and transparent leadership. We will try to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the police personnel to foster communal harmony," he said.
Patnaik, who has been promoted as Director General and posted as Managing Director of Maharashtra State Security RPT Security (MSSC), was facing flak over the August 11 Azad Maidan violence in the city.
The transfer came two days after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, during a massive rally in Mumbai, had demanded immediate ouster of Patnaik over the violence at Azad Maidan, for allegedly failing to control the situation during a demonstration to protest alleged persecution of Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.
Patnaik was also in line of fire by the opposition for handling of the Azad Maidan violence. (ANI)