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Vivek Phansalkar appointed as Thane police commissioner

A 1989 batch officer, Phansalkar has worked in Thane previously in 2008.

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2018 16:38 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
Thane,Thane police commissioner,Vivek Phansalkar
Vivek Phansalkar.(HT File Photo)

IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar took charge as Thane police commissioner on Tuesday, succeeding Parambir Singh, who has been posted to Mumbai as additional director general of police (law and order).

Prior to this appointment, Phansalkar had been additional director general of Mumbai’s Anti-Corruption Bureau since 2016.

A 1989-batch officer, Phansalkar has worked in Thane previously, in 2008, when he crucially helped end riots between two communities that had been going on for a week.

Tracking Phansalkar’s career
  • 1991-93: Worked as additional superintendent of police in Akola.
  • 1993-95: Was ADC to governor Dr PC Alexander.
  • 1995-98: Superintendent of police in Wardha and Parbhani.
  • 1998-2000: Posted as deputy commissioner of police of Nashik.
  • 2000-03: Superintendent of police, CID (crime), Nagpur.
  • 2003-07: - Director of vigilance for Cotton Corporation of India.
  • 2007-10: Additional commissioner of police for Pune and Thane.
  • 2010-14: Joint commissioner of police (traffic), Mumbai.
  • 2014-15: Joint Commissioner of police (admin)
  • 2015 -16: Additional director general of police, Anti-Terrorism Squad, Mumbai.
  • 2016-18: Additional director general of police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Mumbai.

“Being Thane’s police commissioner is a big responsibility, as there are many challenges and problems that need to be studied and resolved. I will give it my best and continue to do good work,” Phansalkar said on Tuesday while speaking to media.

Elaborating on some of the city’s major issues, he said: “Thane suffers from severe traffic problem. We will study and try to find solutions. We will try to meet people’s expectations and attempt to build a strong bond between the police and the public.”

Phansalkar also said he would work closely with the Thane Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

The new police chief appreciated the work the Thane police have been doing. “They did a good job calmly controlling agitators during the recent Maratha protests,” he said.

Thane Municipal Corporation commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal welcomed Phansalkar. “Singh was like my older brother and was very supportive. Phansalkar is a good officer, and the bond that is there between the police and the civic body will last a lifetime. We will continue to do good work with the new commissioner too,” Jaiswal said.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 15:36 IST