How Patnaik lost control of his force, legacy
Delhi's police commissioner Amulya Patnaik retires on Saturday after a 35-year career, of which he would want to forget the last five months.
Four days before his retirement, on Tuesday, the Union government, in a sudden move brought back SN Shrivastava, Patnaik's batch mate (AGMUT cadre, 1985) from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to stop the raging communal riot in Delhi. AGMUT stands for the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory.
Shrivastava was asked to 'join immediately'. By evening, he was on the riot-torn streets of north-east Delhi along with National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval; Patnaik, who had not visited the riot-hit areas over the previous two days, was in police headquarters, 12km away.