HYDERABAD: The State government has transferred Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar and posted him as managing director of the TSRTC. M Stephen Raveendra, who is currently the IG West Zone, has been appointed as the Cyberabad Police Commissioner. He took charge from Sajjanar on Wednesday.
Raveendra, a 1999 batch IPS officer had earlier worked as Joint Commissioner, Cyberabad police and also as DCP in the city during erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Raveendra was earlier chosen by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to head the Andhra Pradesh Intelligence Wing, but it was put on hold as it was not approved from the Union Government. Meanwhile, the Telangana government has empanelled four IPS officers including Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar for promotion to the rank of DGP.
Thanking the Chief Minister for reposing faith in him to head Cyberabad, Raveendra said he will continue the citizen friendly policing initiatives. He said he would ensure safety for IT corridor, women and children, control cyber crimes, and road safety. Sajjanar, a 1996 batch officer, who took charge of Cyberabad in March 2018, has left a mark by not only upholding law and order, but also undertaking several service programmes. He stole the hearts of people by cracking the rape and murder case of Disha. Sajjanar thanked the people of Cyberabad and the State government for the opportunity. Though his transfer was due, the suddenness with which it took place caught everyone by surprise.
During his tenure, he had initiated several reforms in the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate apart from being at the forefront in helping migrant labourers reach their homes during the first wave of Covid-19.The Covid-19 control room, a first of its kind in the country which was set up by the Cyberabad police, was his brain child. In coordination with the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), Sajjanar initiated to create an online platform to connect plasma donors with those affected with Covid. This was emulated in several other States as well. He also launched ‘Maro Janma’ an initiative to spread awareness on organ donation.
Raveendra has served in Maoist affected Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal districts. He has experience in handling Maoists, faction crimes, communalism, and in the narcotics wing. He has also served in Greyhounds, the elite anti-Naxal force for five years, and has been instrumental in several operations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other neighboring States.
Meanwhile, Umesh Sharraf, Govind Singh and Ravi Gupta are three other officers are empanelled for DGP promotion. According to sources, the long pending transfers of IPS officers in Telangana, is likely to take off, with the first being Anil Kumar transferred as Intelligence Chief and Sajjanar transferred out of Cyberabad. Many other IPS officers who are long standing, are also likely to be transferred very soon.