Dr. K Venkatesham: Stress on vigilance and new investigative approach


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As soon as Dr. K Venkatesham took charge as Pune city chief he started working on Vehicle theft cases on priority. With that, he also appealed to the city’s citizens that instead of spending money only on vehicles they should also focus on its locks.

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The new police commissioner said that he is happy to serve people of Pune, and asked the goons to shun crimes.

Dr. Venkatesham on Monday had organized a press conference. During which he said,”In coming days, we will have managed to work on some clues related to vehicle thieves cases. In that, I have noticed that people spend money on vehicles but they don’t take efforts in its locking system. Apart from detection, we will be having a solution to such issues via appealing.”

From reporters, he has noted down around  41 such issues including traffic’s woes, assault, juvenile crime, atrocities on women, housebreaking, helmet, unidentified hit and run accident, body offenses, conviction rates and others. He also stated that prior to  taking charge of the city, the former Pune city Commissioner Rashmi Shukla has given few tips and also assured that Punekars will be seeing action soon enough based on policing against the issues that are been noted down,

When asked about the increase on cybercrime case as well as a citizen being asked to run from pillar to post to registered the case. He stressed and praised the Mumbai pattern investigation of cybercrime on similar line such cybercrime grievances will be addressed in the city. And vigilance would be stressed upon.

Apart from handling the Twitter account, he has appealed the citizens to address such grievances via WhatsApp number 8975283100.

He is from the 1988 batch of Maharashtra cadre IPS officer. Born on May 10, 1962, he hails from Hyderabad.

Dr. Venkatesham started his career as ASP in Naxal-affected Gondia in the early 1990s. During his stint in Gondia, he developed an extensive information network to deal with Naxalism. It was because of this, that the commander of one of the Naxal group could get arrested. Furthermore, to avoid the tribals from turning into Naxals, he organized a lot of medical and de-addiction camps.

He has also served in communally sensitive places like Malegaon and Osmanabad. During the riots in Malegaon in 2003, his performance was well appreciated.

In January 2016, he was appointed as the chief of the Special Task Force to investigate the multi-crore scholarship scam in educational institutes in Maharashtra.

During his stint in Mumbai as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Dr. Venkatesham intensified the police’s operations against gangsters, which resulted in encounters of Dawood Ibrahim’s gang and also led to the arrest of underworld don Arun Gawli. He was also the Additional Commissioner of Police (Southern region, Mumbai) during the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

In 2013, he was awarded the President’s police medal for his distinguished service.

Before taking up the charge as the Commissioner of Police, Pune city, Dr. Venkatesham was the Nagpur police commissioner.

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In the past, he has also served as Additional Director General (Training and Special Units), Mumbai. During his tenure, he was responsible for introducing e-learning and technological modernization in the police training.

He has worked at various positions in Mumbai over the years i.e. with the Mumbai Special Branch II as in-charge of the Foreigners Registration Office & Immigration at the international airport, as the Deputy Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), as the DIG (Law & Order) and as the IGP (Administration).

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