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Raghuvanshi built ATS from scratch

A 1980 batch IPS officer hailing from Muzaffarnagar in western UP,Krish Pal Raghuvanshi has held a wide array of important and sensitive postings in the state.

A 1980 batch IPS officer hailing from Muzaffarnagar in western UP,Krish Pal Raghuvanshi has held a wide array of important and sensitive postings in the state. A mild-mannered and affable officer,the detection of the July 11,2006 Mumbai serial train blasts case under Raghuvanshi’s supervision has been one of the highlights of his career to date.

In the early 1990s,he was involved in tackling the Naxal menace as Superintendent of Police in Gadchiroli. Here,in 1992,Raghuvanshi is credited with having introduced the innovative concept of the C-60 force comprising 60 police personnel to contain the Naxal problem. The men of this wing were trained in guerilla warfare from reputed training institutes such as the Greyhounds Academy in Hyderabad.

Some of his other postings include Ahmednagar SP,DCP (Armed Police) and DCP Zone 7 in Mumbai,Assistant Inspector General of Police at the Maharashtra Police headquarters in Mumbai,and six years in the CBI as an SP and DIG of Police. In September 2000,the Democratic Front government appointed Raghuvanshi as the head of a Special Task Force constituted to initiate action against those indicted by the Srikrishna Commission.

When the Anti Terrorism Squad was formed on July 8,2004,Raghuvanshi was put in charge of the new agency. Senior state police officers recall how Raghuvanshi,initially operating out of a single room in the Mumbai Police headquarters at Crawford Market with only a handful of men,began building the crucial agency from scratch till it reached its present form. As Joint Commissioner of Police (ATS),Raghuvanshi handled the Aurangabad arms haul case in May 2006,in which a massive cache of RDX,arms and ammunition were seized by the police. This was followed by the 7/11 serial train blasts,with the ATS arresting 13 alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives and filing a mammoth chargesheet on November 29,2006.

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After his initial stint at ATS,Raghuvanshi was promoted as Additional DGP (Railways). When the ATS was going through one of its toughest challenges with its leader Hemant Karkare killed in the 26/11 attack,the government once again posted Raghuvanshi as the chief of the agency to raise its flagging spirits.

Raghuvanshi faced the challenge of taking forward the Malegaon blast case in which his predecessor Karkare had laid bare an extensive network of Hindu extremists. His most recent challenge was to spearhead the probe into the Pune blast.

First published on: 27-03-2010 at 01:15:13 am
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