In a major rejig of senior IPS officers across Tamil Nadu, the Home Department late on Tuesday night issued orders posting Additional Director-General of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, a 1994-batch IPS officer, as the new Commissioner of Police, Chennai.
He replaces A K Viswanathan transferred and posted as ADGP, Operations, Chennai. Viswanathan redefined policing with his people and police friendly acts and won the hearts of the force as well as the public.
The new Commissioner, Aggarwal played a crucial role in handling the issue of migrant labourers during the initial days of Covid-19 in the State. Tasked with the responsibility of identifying thousands of labourers belonging to other States who were settled in districts across Tamil Nadu, he formed small police teams to enumerate the labourers district wise and organised their food and shelter in coordination with the respective employers and district administrations.
The Commissioners of Madurai and Tirupur, S Davidson Devasirvatham and Sanjay Kumar, respectively, were also transferred out of their present postings.
Devasirvatham is ADGP, Technical Services, Chennai while Kumar is IGP, Technical Services. Prem Anand Sinha is Commissioner, Madurai City.