Visakhapatnam: Senior IPS officer Manish Kumar Sinha, on Monday, assumed charge as Visakhapatnam city police commissioner.

Sinha, a 2000-batch officer of Telangana cadre, earlier served as the Intelligence Chief (Inspector General of Police) of Andhra Pradesh. He took charge from the outgoing Commissioner of Police Rajiv Kumar Meena who has been transferred and directed to report to the police headquarters, Mangalagiri, for further posting.

Probably, Manish Kumar Sinha will be the first Commissioner of police for the Executive Capital of Andhra Pradesh as YSR Congress party government will lay the foundation stone for the administrative capital in the city in coming days.

Manish Kumar Sinha said that Vizag is a peaceful city and their top priority is to maintain the same atmosphere. He said they will study the situation in the city to take new steps for effective policing.

Responding to a query on Vizag chosen as the Capital city and the requirements of the police department, Sinha said that a committee, led by senior IPS Officer Rajiv Kumar Meena, has already been studying the matter and will submit a comprehensive report on it to the police department.

Replying to a question on the alleged land grabbing in Vizag city, the new Police Commissioner said that they would investigate every case in a fair manner.

Congratulating the new police boss Manish Kumar Sinha, the outgoing Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena said he enjoyed the 13-month tenure as city police chief as he had a lot of freedom in Vizag and implemented new ideas for better policing.

On the styrene vapour leakage from LG Polymers, Meena said it was a tragic incident which claimed 15 lives and hospitalised more than 500 people in the city in May, 2020. “We have investigated the case and nabbed the responsible persons for the mishap.”

The Vizag police also proved their ability in the fight against Covid-19, he added.

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