Gujarat gets Muslim police chief
Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala was named Gujarat's new police chief, seven years after the state was enveloped by communal violence.india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 23:28 IST
Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala was on Saturday named Gujarat's new police chief, seven years after the state was enveloped by communal violence.
Khandwawala, a 1973 Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and a Muslim by faith, succeeds PC Pande, who was the Ahmedabad police commissioner when the 2002 violence took place.
The Gujarat government announced a major reshuffle in the police force ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
According to an official statement, Khandwawala was director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), a post that now goes to Pande.
Pande, a 1972 batch IPS officer, was accused of inaction during the 2002 attacks on Muslims. The Election Commission had ordered Pande's transfer ahead of the December 2007 assembly elections.
S.K. Saikia, a 1977 batch IPS officer, has been named the Ahmedabad police commissioner. Incumbent O.P. Mathur will be the commissioner of communication.