GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � Newly-appointed Director General of Assam Police (DGP) Jayanta Narayan Choudhury took over charge during a brief ceremony held at the Assam Police headquarters this morning.
Addressing the media after taking over charge from acting DGP Rajendra Kumar, Choudhury expressed his pleasure at being given such an opportunity and said that constructive criticism from all sections of the society, especially media, will help the police force work even better.
�I will try my best to live up to the expectation of the Government and the people of Assam,� Choudhury said.
On the challenges that lie ahead of Assam Police, Choudhury said, � I have been briefed by my colleagues on the existing scenario and at present it seems that maintaining law and order in places like Dhemaji and Lakhimpur, where anti-dam agitations are taking place, would be a challenge.�
�Existence of splinter groups of the extremist groups is another aspect that needs to be dealt properly,� added the former additional director of the Intelligence Bureau. Choudhury was also of the opinion that the department is committed to enforce strict traffic rules so that the traffic woes in the city can be controlled to a certain extent
Stressing the need for bridging the gap between the police and the common people, he said that one of the main reasons for the growing disconnect between the police and the masses is the lack of adequate police force who are overworked most of the time.
A 1978 batch Indian Police Service cadre, Choudhury had earlier served Assam Police in various capacities before joining Intelligence Bureau in 1985. He was also attached with the Indian Embassy in the United States for three years.
Later in the evening, Choudhury called on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence.