Newly-appointed police chief Anil Kant said women’s safety would be a top priority. The action will be taken forward. He said more would be decided in consultation with colleagues. It was a rare experience for him to take over the reins of power from Loknath Behra, the current Chief of Police, in charge of the police headquarters. Behra took over as police chief on June 1, 2016. TP Senkumar, who was removed from the post of state police chief, did not turn up to take charge as part of the protest. Instead, Anil Kant, the ADGP of the police headquarters, handed over the reins of power to Behra. Anil Kant has now taken over the reins of power from the same Behra.
Anil Kant arrived at the police headquarters at 5 pm and laid a wreath at the Dheerasmriti Bhoomi in memory of the martyred police officers. He was then escorted by senior police officials to the state police chief’s office. After officially handing over the responsibilities, Loknath Behra bid farewell to his colleagues.
Apart from the police, Anil Kant has held all the important posts under the Home Department. He was also the Chief of Jail, Vigilance and Fire Force and the Director of Kerala Police Housing Construction Corporation CMD and SCRB. He has also served as Transport Commissioner and Additional Excise Commissioner.
Anil Kant started his service as Wayanad ASP. He later became Assistant Director at the Intelligence Bureau in New Delhi and Shillong. After returning to Kerala, he served as Kochi City Police Commissioner, Malappuram, Ernakulam Crime Branch SP, Special Branch, Thiruvananthapuram Range DIG, Special Branch and Crime Branch IG. Worked in the battalion, police headquarters, South Zone and Crime Branch. He has been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Distinguished Service.
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