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Major IPS reshuffle: West Bengal govt appoints Soumen Mitra as new chief of Kolkata Police

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Kolkata, Feb 06: Soumen Mitra has been appointed the new Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, in a major reshuffle ahead of the crucial assembly polls in West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee

The existing CP Anuj Sharma has been shifted to the CID as Additional Director General of Police. A total of 24 IPS were reshuffled on Saturday.

Jawed Shamim will be the new additional director general, law and order, of the West Bengal Police, taking over from Gyanwant Singh, the state government said in an order.

Ajay Kumar Nand will be the new commissioner of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate and Supratim Sarkar will take over as the Bidhanagar Police commissioner, it said.

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Mitra has been holding the post of ADG, Training, of West Bengal Police, while Shamim is special commissioner I of Kolkata Police.

The Election Commission had named Mitra as the commissioner of the city police during the 2016 assembly poll in the state replacing the then top cop Rajeev Kumar.

Elections to the 294-member state assembly are due in April-May this year.

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