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New DGP takes charge in Kerala

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Loknath Behara today took charge as the new Kerala DGP.

The unsolved brutal murder of 30-year-old dalit law student, which had shocked the conscience of the state, was a 'challenge' to the police force, he said. "The case is a challenge to Kerala police", Behara told reporters soon after taking charge.

First priority is to detect the accused and make a prosecutable case.

"I will put my best foot forward" he said and expressed confidence that within two days, some new facts may come out in the case.

Behara said as a professional, he does not want to leave even a single case as untraced.

The DGP said he was confident that his officers, given proper direction and ideas, will bring out good results.

Hinting that he was keen to conduct CBI model investigations, Behara said though the state lacked infrastructure, but there was no legal bar in using scientific facility elesewhere. That will do wonders. Behara was appointed by the new CPI(M) Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, after replacing T P Senkumar.

There was need to improve investigation,which has taken a back seat. There were lots of cases lying undetected, including rape cases. There is need to have better infrastructure in police, he said.

Women's security was among his priorities, he said.

Behara was involved in the investigation of sensitive cases such as the Graham Staines murder case, Purulia arms drop case and Mumbai serial blast case.

In 2009, he joined the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and headed the Terror Financing and Fake Currency specialized cell of the NIA and was also part of the team that travelled to the US to question David Coleman Headley in 2010.

Prior to being appointed as the DGP of Kerala, he served as Director, Kerala Fire & Rescue Services.

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First Published: Wed, June 01 2016. 17:43 IST