Pimpri, September 3, 2020: Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Sandeep Bishnoi has been transferred before the end of his term. His replacement has been hotly debated in the police circle for the past few days. Those discussions finally came to an end yesterday night.
The Home Department has ordered the appointment of IPS officer Krishna Prakash as the new Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner. He identifies himself as a people’s officer, motivational speaker and creative writer. He is the first IG rank officer to complete Ironman and Ultraman triathlons. He is also the first Indian to finish the Race Across The West (RAW) cycle race. He often practised at Manas Lake in Pirangut and did Mumbai-Pune cycling trip several times.
Krishna Prakash, who hails from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, is a 1998 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre. He has held important posts in many districts of Maharashtra. He was transferred to Mumbai in 2012 as Additional Commissioner, South Region. Currently, he is posted as Maharashtra State Special Inspector General of Police (administration) in the state police headquarters in Mumbai.
Bishnoi was appointed as the Commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad Police on September 21 last year. In just eleven months of his tenure, he tried to curb crime in the city. However, he did not seem to have much success. There was also open resentment about him among many officers.
Meanwhile, last month, an NCP MLA had expressed his displeasure to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar over the Commissioner of Police. Discussions about his replacement then began in the police department.
Pimpri Chinchwad police commissionerate came into existence on August 15, 2018, by carving out areas from Pune city police and Pune rural police. RK Padmanabhan was the first police commissioner. Krishna Prakash is the third commissioner in the last two years.