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Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik joins Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik joins Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal

Bhubaneswar: The 21st death anniversary of legendary leader and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik is being observed with fervour at various places across the State today.

BJD party yet to give the retired IPS officer any role in the party hence, he will work as ordinary party worker. He is the fourth IPS officer from the state - after former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh (BJP), IPS officers PK Jain (RPI-A) and V V Lakshminarayana - to take the plunge into politics in recent times. Patnaik joined the party in presence of Odisha Chief Minister and BJD party president Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar. While he was Mumbai police commissioner in 2011-12, he had rescued several poor girls involved in prostitution rackets through his department's raids on bars.

"Arup Patnaik will prove to be a valuable asset for the party", the chief minister said while welcoming him to the party. "Now I will serve them through BJD", said Patnaik, who is credited with checking crime in Latur as the district SP during 1983-86.

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Prior to joining the Indian Police Service in 1979, he had worked with the State Bank of India for a period of approximately two years. "If the party finds any merit in me and asks me to contest elections, as a dedicated soldier I will do so", he told The Indian Express.

A recipient of the Director General of Polices Insignia for his contribution in the investigation of 1993 Mumbai blast, Patnaik distinguished himself by his effective handling of the Mumbai riots in his jurisdiction in 1992-93.

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