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Tamil Nadu cadre 1988-batch IPS officer Sanjay Arora appointed as Delhi’s new Police Commissioner

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: TN cadre 1988-batch IPS officer Sanjay Arora has been made the new Commissioner of Police of Delhi. Sanjay Arora is a 1988 batch IPS officer. Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Sanjay Arora will take over as the Delhi Police Commissioner on August 1, 2022. Sanjay Arora will replace Rakesh Asthana, whose term ends today (31 July 2022).

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“A farewell parade to Sh Rakesh Asthana, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, is being organised at Parade Ground, new Police Lines, Delhi at 4.00 p.m. on July 31,” an official order to all senior police officials read.

Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed as Police Commissioner of Delhi in July, 2021, just four days before his superannuation.

According to the information given by the Ministry of Home Affairs, IPS Sanjay Arora has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (Rajasthan).

After becoming IPS, he has worked in different positions in Tamil Nadu Police. He has also been the SP of the Special Task Force. Sanjay Arora has also been awarded the Chief Minister’s Gallantry Award for several successful operations against sandalwood smuggler Veerappan gang.

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After being trained with the NSG, in 1991, Sanjay Arora played an important role in the formation of the Special Security Group (SSG) to provide security to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Sanjay Arora served in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on deputation as Commandant from 1997 to 2002. He guarded a frontier of the ITBP battalion at Matli, Uttarakhand from 1997 to 2000. As a trainer, he had made a remarkable contribution in this field. He worked as the Commissioner of Police of Coimbatore City from 2002 to 2004.

He took over as the 31st Army Chief on August 31, 2021 as DG ITBP.
He has been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2004, the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2014, the Police Special Duty Medal, the Internal Security Medal and the United Nations Peace Medal, among others.

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