Thane police chief among 3 IPS officers transferred in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, May 4 (PTI) Three senior IPS officers, including Thane police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar, were on Tuesday transferred by the Maharashtra government after promoting them to the rank of director general, an official said.

The order regarding their promotion was issued by the home department.

Phansalkar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, has been promoted and appointed Managing Director, Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, the official said.

Joint police commissioner of Thane, Suresh Mekhla, has been given the additional charge of the commissioner till further orders, he said.

K Venkatesham, a 1988-batch IPS officer who is currently ADG (Special Operations), has been appointed Director General of Civil Defence.

Government Railway Police ADG Sandeep Bishnoi has been named Director General (Legal and Technical), the official said.

In another development on Tuesday, four police inspectors, based in Mumbai and handling sensitive cases, were transferred to various districts, a second official said.

An order issued by the state police headquarters said the inspectors were transferred due to administrative reasons.

According to the order, inspector Sachin Kadam, who headed the Anti- Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Mumbai police and was leading probe in cases related to gangster Ravi Pujari, was transferred to Aurangabad.

The other inspectors are Kedari Pawar (shifted to Jalgaon), Nandkumar Gopale (transferred to police training centre, Jalna) and Sudhir Dalvi (moved to police training centre, Nanvij, Pune district), the official said. PTI DC RSY RSY