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New Mumbai Police chief Nagrale: Force is going through a difficult phase

"Appropriate action will be taken against the officers responsible for tarnishing the reputation of the force," the new Mumbai Police Commissioner said.

New Mumbai Police chief Hemant Nagrale media briefing updates-VPN
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Mumbai, First Published Mar 17, 2021, 7:19 PM IST
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Hemant Nagrale, 1987 batch IPS officer, has taken charge as Mumbai's new police commissioner.

Addressing media persons after taking charge, Nagrale said that the Mumbai Police has been going through a difficult phase.

"It is my duty to restore the Mumbai Police reputation that has been tarnished over the last few days. We have to ensure that there is no more criticism of the police."

"NIA and ATS are investigating a matter. I am confident that the investigation will be fair. Appropriate action will be taken against the officers responsible for tarnishing the reputation of the force," he said.

The new police chief requested the media not to speculate on ongoing investigations.

Earlier today, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced that Nagrale predecessor Param Bir Singh had been transferred to the Home Guards department.

Param Bir was allegedly shunted out following the row over Mumbai police officer Sachin Vaze's alleged involvement in placing an explosives-laden vehicle near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence in South Mumbai. 

Nagrale, who was earlier in his career deputed with the Central Bureau of Investigation and was then part of the Harshad Mehta scam and Ketan Parekh scam probes, is a recipient of the President's Police Medal, Vishesh Seva Padak, and the Antarik Suraksha Padak.

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