Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik has been transferred, Maharashtra home minister RR Patil said on Thursday. Patnaik has been promoted as director general and posted as managing director of Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC).
After his transfer, senior IPS officer Satyapal Singh has been appointed as the new Mumbai commissioner of police.
Patnaik was under fire for the handling of the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai during a rally organized by city-based Raza Academy and other outfits to protest incidents in Assam and Myanmar.
Describing the transfer as “routine administrative process”, Patil said the file in connection with Patnaik’s transfer was first moved by the state DG office.
Notably, the transfer comes two days after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, during a massive rally in Mumbai, had demanded immediate ouster of Patnaik over the violence at Azad Maidan