ITBP DG Sanjay Arora is new Delhi Police commissioner
IPS officer from Tamil Nadu cadre, Sanjay Arora, is all set to become the next commissioner of the Delhi Police. Arora currently serves as the Director General of Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) and will leave the post to join Delhi Police. He will be succeeding the current chief Rakesh Asthana and will take charge on Monday. Asthana's farewell ceremonies will be held on Sunday.
Who is Sanjay Arora?
Arora is a 1988-batch IPS officer from Tamil Nadu cadre and has been deputed to the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre for the appointment. An order by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that Arora had a "pivotal role" in forming a special security group for then TN Chief Minister "during the heydays of LTTE activity." He was appointed as the ITBP chief last year.
Oversaw India-China border at ITBP
Arora was appointed as the DG, ITBP in August last year, after which he took charge of the India-China LAC guarding force on September 1. He was also given the charge of Sashastra Seema Bal, which guards India's borders with Nepal and Bhutan. SL Thaosen, the current DG SSB will now be taking over the headship of ITBP.
Honored with President's Police Medal
Arora is an engineering graduate from the Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He has served as the SP Special Task Force in Tamil Nadu, where he received CM's Gallantry Medal for busting a gang of dacoit Veerappan. Between 2000-2002, he had a training stint at the ITBP Academy in Mussourie, and has been honored with the President's Police Medal and UN Peacekeeping Medal.
Current chief Asthana to leave office
The Delhi Police will be hosting a farewell parade for outgoing chief Asthana at the Parade grounds on Sunday. Asthana was appointed as the Delhi Police Commissioner in July last year, four days before his retirement. The 1984-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer will be vacating office on July 31, 2022. The farewell function will take place at 5.30 pm at Delhi Police Headquarters.