Terror, crime control top priorities: Surat police chief

Immediately after taking over the charge, Ashish Bhatia said, “Since my last stint here, Surat city has expanded rapidly and even there is a sharp rise in the population.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published: February 11, 2016 2:55 am
A police officer greets the  newly appointed Police Commissioner of Surat City Ashish Bhatia in Surat on Wednesday. (Source: PTI) A police officer greets the newly appointed Police Commissioner of Surat City Ashish Bhatia in Surat on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Ashish Bhatia who took charge as Surat police commissioner Wednesday said that identifying the sleeper cells of terrorist organizations, preventing the entry of underworld criminals, and crime prevention were on top of his priority list.

Bhatia replaced Rakesh Asthaana whose stint lasted four years and eight months in Surat.

Immediately after taking over the charge, Ashish Bhatia said, “Since my last stint here, Surat city has expanded rapidly and even there is a sharp rise in the population. My first priority would be to give satisfaction to the complainants approaching the police to get justice. We will also work out to identify the sleeper cells of terrorist organizations and prevent the underworld elements from penetrating the city. Our main projection would be to control crime and intensify detection drive so that people of Surat city feel safe here. We will do our best to make the citizens more happy and safe.”

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Surat is not new to Bhatia. Earlier, he has worked as city Joint Commissioner of Police from 2001 to 2003. To his credit, 129 SIMI activists were arrested from Rajeshree hall in Surat city. Surat was among one of the cities where peace reigned while most parts of the state burned during the 2002 communal riots.

Rakesh Asthaana, the outgoing police commissioner said, “I have done my best for the city and like the people of Surat as they have always supported me for taking new initiatives. I am thankful to them and even suggest them to extend similar support and co-ordination to the new Commissioner Ashish Bhatia.”

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