Mumbai, Jan 30: Enforcing bundobast or deployment of security at various places in the city during various festivals last year proved to be the most challenging task for police commissioner Ahmed Javed in his stint. Senior IPS officer Datta Padsalgikar, who has worked with IB, is the frontrunner for the CP’s post. In his media interaction today ahead of his retirement on January 31, the top cop said the challenge of putting bundobast stood out among other things for him while helming the city police force.
“There are several things, but (putting) bundobast in the city was the most challenging thing as a police commissioner as several festivals had come together last year,” Javed said. The 1980-batch IPS officer, whose next assignment is the Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, had replaced Rakesh Maria as police commissioner in midst of the Sheena Bora murder probe on September 8 last year. “It is rare that Mumbai police chiefs retire as a commissioner as they are usually transferred to other postings,” he said. Javed, who worked in police force for 36 years, said he was proud about his new role. (ALSO READ: Ahmed Javed : Sheena Bora murder case will be professionally monitored)
“Post retirement, I will be working for the country again, for which I feel proud. I will take more than two weeks to complete the formalities and go to Saudi Arabia to take up new responsibilities,” the top cop said. Javed said that launching of Twitter handle of Mumbai Police was the most important activity as the social media platform helps in direct communication with the common people. To a query, Javed said, “the discussion on starting a traffic Twitter handle is underway”. On the IS threat to the city, Javed said, “The threats are real, but police are doing good job. They will continue to do their job by enforcing relevant rules, regulations and protocols,” the commissioner said. He thanked Mumbaikars’ for their support. Javed’s farewell will be held at Naigaon police ground tomorrow morning.