Bhaskar Rao (Sharana Basappa/Mint)
Bhaskar Rao (Sharana Basappa/Mint)

Bhaskar Rao named Bengaluru police commissioner

  • Bhaskar Rao was serving as Additional Director General of Police, Karnataka State Reserve Police until his new posting on Friday
  • At least 16 IPS officials were transferred in one go on Thursday and several other IAS officials were also transferred

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government, on Friday, announced senior Indian Police Service (IPS) official Bhaskar Rao, as the new police commissioner of Bengaluru city, replacing Alok Kumar who had taken charge just over a month ago.

Rao was serving as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Karnataka State Reserve Police until his new posting on Friday. Kumar will replace Rao as ADGP, KSRP.

Kumar, who has had his share of controversies in the past, took charge as Bengaluru police commissioner on 17 June from T.Suneel Kumar.

Kumar’s exit coming days after B.S. Yediyurappa took over as the chief minister of Karnataka after the 14 month old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) coalition government collapsed after a spate of resignations since 1 July.

At least 16 IPS officials were transferred in one go on Thursday and several other Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials were also transferred from various departments.

A day after the body of businessman and Cafe Coffee Day founder V.G.Siddhartha was found in Mangaluru, the government had decided to transfer both top cops from the coastal district.

Dr A. Subramanyeswara Rao, who served as Deputy Inspector General of Police, intelligence in Bengaluru replaced Sandeep Patil as the new police commissioner of Mangaluru city and Hanumantharaya, the deputy commissioner of police, law and order (Mangaluru) was also transferred. Patil has been made DIG & joint Commissioner of police, Crimes, Bengaluru city.

The new government appearing more eager in transfer of top officials than announcing a cabinet that currently only has Yediyurappa.

“One week over since BJP assumed power. BJP is unable to form the Cabinet. I wonder how many more days K’taka will have to wait to get a Cabinet from BJP," Krishna Byre Gowda, senior Congress legislator and former minister wrote on Twitter.

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