Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik joins BJD

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Bhubaneswar: Retired 1979 batch IPS officer and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik began his political career by joining the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) here on Wednesday.

Arup joined the state ruling party in the presence of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas.

While welcoming the retired IPS officer Patnaik said, “Arup will prove to be a valuable asset for the party.”

In his reaction after joining the conch party, Arup said, “I joined the party as a worker and will give my best to perform the best in any work I am assigned by the party.”

“I am grateful to CM Naveen Patnaik for giving me an opportunity to work for the people of my land,” added the 36th Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

Many BJD MPs, MLAs, Ministers, leaders and activists were present during the joining ceremony.

Arup was born on September 8, 1955. After 36 years in service, Arup retired on September 30, 2015. He had received the President’s Police Medal for his distinguished service in 2003. He is also a recipient of Indian Police Medal for meritorious service in 1994.

Besides, Arup Patnaik was the first and only Odia to hold the post of Police Commissioner of Mumbai.

Prior to joining the Indian Police Service, he had worked with the State Bank of India for a period of around two years.

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