Mumbai police rift out in open; Two top cops go on leave as protest

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Two prominent contenders of Mumbai's top police -Vijay Kamble and Ahmad Javed- decided to go on leave in protest against the elevation of anti-terror squad chief
Mumbai, Feb 17: Two prominent contenders of Mumbai's top police -Vijay Kamble and Ahmad Javed- decided to go on leave in protest against the elevation of anti-terror squad chief Rakesh Maria to the post.

With this event, the rift between the Maharashtra Police department burst in the open.

Maria, a 1981-batch IPS officer, was on Saturday named as Mumbai's new Commissioner of Police, after the sudden resignation of Satyapal Singh, reported NDTV.

The Prithviraj Chavan government simultaneously promoted the other two claimants for the Mumbai Police's top job and shifted them to other important posts in an attempt to mollify them.

But the move has failed to pacify the other two contenders, and they have now decided to register their protest by refusing to join their new assignments. They have, instead, proceeded on leave, leaving the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra embarrassed.

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