The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Shake-out in Mumbai police

Mumbai, March 17: Heads have rolled in the top echelons of Mumbai police following the Mulund train blast on March 13. The blast occurred after a bomb hidden in the luggage rack of a first-class ladies’ compartment went off, killing 12 persons and injuring around 70.

The government, especially some among the police top brass, had come in for severe criticism after the blast, the fourth in three months, sent shock waves through Mumbai.

In the reshuffle of pivotal police portfolios, Sridhar Wagal has been shifted from the crucial post of joint commissioner (crime). Wagal will now join as joint commissioner, special investigating department. Taking Wagal’s place is Satyapal Singh, an IPS officer who was a joint commissioner at the department.

Another major appointment was that of Rakesh Maria, who was made additional commissioner of Mumbai police. He was earlier commissioner of Railway Police.

Maria replaced U.S. Kamble, who has been transferred in the same rank to the armed forces, Mumbai.

The city today also braced for unprecedented security during Holi. Police sources said there are as many as 30,000 police personnel, along with 17 companies of the State Reserve Police and home guards, deployed.

The police also continued combing operations. Raids were reported from various lodges and localities in sensitive areas. The heavy police presence in all the railway stations will continue till further orders from the government.

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