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Former Police commissioner Arup Patnaik joins the ruling party of Odisha

Mumbai: Ex-Mumbai Police commissioner Arup Patnaik joins the ruling party of Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal, seeing senior IPS officer Kiran Bedi and his former colleague Satyapal Singh.

Interestingly, the development makes Patnaik the second Mumbai police chief to join politics after Satyapal Singh who had quit as Mumbai top cop in 2014 to contest the Lok Sabha election on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.

Known as the ‘bar busting cop’, Patnaik is a 1979-batch Indian Police Service officer and hails from Odisha. He retired as the Director General of Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation in 2015.

Patnaik was appointed as Mumbai police chief in 2011. During his tenure as the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Arup Patnaik appointed controversial Assistant Police Commissioner (retired) Vasant Dhoble as the head of Mumbai Police’s Social Service Branch. Dhoble used to raid pubs and bars in Mumbai.

Before being appointed as Mumbai top cop, Patnaik held the post of Additional DG (Highway Traffic). He had replaced Sanjeev Dayal as the Mumbai Police Commissioner. It has been learnt that Patnaik was first posted in Latur. After that he was transferred to Jalgaon and Nagpur. He was then appointed as the Zone 6 Deputy Commissioner of Police. Patnaik, however, is also credited with checking crime in Latur as the district SP during 1983-86.

He was removed as Mumbai police commissioner in August 2012 after facing flak for his handling of the Azad Maidan riots in the same month. He was succeeded by Satyapal Singh.

Patnaik is also a trustee of the Konark Cancer Foundation, a Mumbai-based NGO that provides logistic support to needy cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital.

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