Sanjay Arora, a Tamil Nadu-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was appointed Delhi police commissioner on Sunday. He will succeed Rakesh Asthana who retired from the post at the end of July. Arora, who will be taking charge of the new post from today, has been serving as director-general of the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) since August last year. The 57-year-old officer is due for retirement in 2025.
Arora is known for being part of the special task force by Tamil Nadu Police, which later launched Operation Cocoon to capture forest brigand Veerappan and his associates. Veerappan was killed on the last day of the operation on 18 October, 2004. Arora, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was awarded the chief minister’s gallantry medal for bravery during this stint.
Furthermore, Arora, a BTech electrical and electronics engineer, has also served in the CRPF and the BSF. According to sources, Arora played a key role in forming the Special Security Group (SSG), which aimed at protecting the chief minister of Tamil Nadu during the time when the militant group LTTE was extremely active.