The suspense over the appointment of the state’s top cop ended with Shankar M Bidari taking over as director general and inspector general of police on Wednesday.
AR Infant, DGP (home guards, fire and emergency services) was Bidari’s strongest contender. What seems to have worked for the two-time presidential award winner is his knowledge of local issues. Though the senior-most police official in the state, Infant served his entire career as a non-executive official. This could have dashed his chances.
An IPS officer of the 1978 batch, Bidari had a piece of advice to his colleagues. “I would like all police officers in Karnataka to work promptly without any hesitation and with clean hands,” said Bidari after his appointment.
With the appointment of Bidari, Rao has completed his services in the police department.
“My 35 years in the service passed in a good manner with everybody’s support in the department. I wish Bidari continues the same work further,” said Rao.
Others in the race for DG&IGP were DGP training Sushant Mahapatra and additional director general of police Rupak Kumar Datta.
Man of many operations
Bidari was born on August 27, 1954 in Galagali village in Bagalkot district.
He was appointed the commander of the task force to trace dreaded sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in Male Mahadeshwara Hills in 1993.
Bidari recovered over three tonnes of explosives and 126 firearms from the forest.
His team was rewarded `8 crore for the operation.
As DCP headquarters, Bidari played a key role in the arrest of LTTE militants, wanted in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, in the city in 1991.
He led the investigation of Mahalakshmi train dacoity. He apprehended more than 200 dacoities in South India. He was SP of Bellary, Mandya and Tumkur.