Pune, 1st February 2024: Amitesh Kumar, the police officer renowned for exposing betting in international cricket matches, takes on the role of Pune’s Police Commissioner, inheriting a set of multifaceted challenges. With a distinguished career as a 1995 batch IPS officer, Kumar is tasked with combating crime in the expanding city, addressing traffic issues, and navigating the surge in cybercrimes.
Kumar’s predecessor, Retesh Kumaarr, assumed office on December 16, 2022, leaving behind a legacy of cracking down on organized crime under the ‘MCOCA’ (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act) and ‘MPDA’ (Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities) Act. Kumaarr’s tenure witnessed actions against 115 organised criminal groups in Pune, with over 600 members and the incarceration of 100 notorious goons causing terror under the ‘MPDA’ Act.
Amitesh Kumar, previously the Police Commissioner of Nagpur, earned acclaim for exposing betting on international cricket matches during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nagpur from 2005 to 2006. His successful crackdown on the involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the betting racket reverberated globally.
As Amitesh Kumar takes charge in Pune, a city larger in scale compared to Nagpur, he faces the intricate challenge of curbing organized crime amidst a burgeoning population.
The new Police Commissioner is expected to engage with officials from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) to implement effective traffic measures.
Furthermore, Pune is witnessing a rise in cybercrimes, necessitating the augmentation of police personnel and technical infrastructure at the cyber police station.