Who’s next Police Commissioner? Race hots up

Bhubaneswar: Odisha power corridors are abuzz with speculation of names over the next police commissioner of the twin city. With current police commissioner RP Sharma is elevated to the rank of director general (DG) this January, the names of probable officers have started doing the rounds.

Highly placed sources said 1988-batch IPS Satyajit Mohanty’s name tops as the frontrunner for the coveted post. Mohanty who played an important role in the installation of close circuit cameras (CCTV) in the State capital, also worked in Biju Patnaik Police Academy here for a long period. Besides, 1990 batch IPS Sudhansu Sarangi, presently working in Central Intelligence wing is also parallelly contesting for the post, added sources.

The other officers in the race are former Superintendent of police (SP) of Khurda and 1990 batch IPS Arun Sarangi. He has a close acquaintance with twin city issues.

Also, additional police commissioner YB Khurania who was instrumental during the launching of commissionerate system in Bhubaneswar way back in 2008 also equally qualifies for the post.

Going by the Commissionerate Act, a police officer in the rank of inspector general (IG) or Additional director general (ADG) can be appointed as police commissioner.

Taking this into account, 1995-batch IPS officer Soumendra Priyadarshi and former Khurda SP B Radhika (1989-batch) are the competent officers for such a post which needs acquaintance and knowledge about the twin city.