Amid the Delhi violence, IPS officer SN Shrivastava who was made Special Commissioner (Law and Order) by the Home Ministry has been appointed as the new Delhi Police Commissioner. Shrivastava is a 1985-batch officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory or AGMUT cadre and would take charge on March 1. He would take charge from incumbent Amulya Patnaik whose tenure ends on February 29, 2020 after being extended for a month.
Union Home Ministry appointed Shrivastava as Special Commissioner of Police on Tuesday night to take control of the violence in the national capital. Immediately after taking over, Srivastava took part in a security review meeting called at Home Minister Amit Shah's residence.
Violence broke out in several areas in northeast Delhi, forcing the application of Section 144 as well as other strict curbs. Additional security forces have been called in amid the rampant stone-pelting, destruction of public and private property, arson and assorted wanton destruction. According to recent reports, the death toll for the violence has increased to 38. There was an anger and a certain apprehension among the citizens of Delhi over the lack of action taken by Police to control the violence, after which MHA appointed Shrivastava to control the situation on ground. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also called in to visit the riot affected areas and hold talks with people to curb the violence.
Prior to being appointed as special commissioner of police amid Delhi violence, Shrivastava was serving as the Special Director General (Training) in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The CRPF issued an order reliving Shrivastava to join the new post after the home ministry ordered his premature repatriation from the paramilitary force.