The Yogi Government appointed the senior-most IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Sulkhan Singh as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. Sulkhan Singh would replace Javeed Ahmed, who’s the Police chief of the Uttar Pradesh from the past one year. Javeed Ahmed was appointed by the Akhilesh Yadav Government last year. Ahmed has also been head of state’s armed constabulary where Sulkhan Singh, who is four years younger to his forerunner, was one of them.
The newly elected Yogi Government has transferred more than 30 IAS and 50 IPS officers after winning the historical mandate in the state. The 44-year old Chief Minister who took charge of the Uttar Pradesh from last month has done the third reshuffle on Friday in the state. He had pledged that will not make major changes in the bureaucracy, but the CM Yogi had made it clear that he’ll change officials if their performances didn’t match his expectations. Talking about the newly-elected DGP of the state Sulkhan Singh, the 1980 batch IPS officer, was currently posted in the Training Department of Uttar Pradesh Police, and soon would be heading the police department of the state. Javeed Ahmed has now been appointed as the chief of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).
Till at the present, 80 officers have been transferred in the state. Talking about Friday’s reshuffle, Aditya Mishra, who led the state’s Economic Offense Wing and Daljit Singh Chaudhary, who headed the Law and Order Wing have been ordered to exchange positions. The senior police official Bhavesh Singh has been appointed as ADG (Intelligence). The saffron party opposed the Javeed Ahmed’s appointment in 2016, so it was expected in the state’s police circles that he’ll be shifted. At the time of state assembly elections, the BJP had filed a petition to the Election Commission to shift out the officer for purportedly working on the commands of Samajwadi Party Government.
Talking about Javeed Ahmed, he was appointed as the DGP of Uttar Pradesh in 2016 when the then present police chief Jagmohan Yadav retired. Ahmed’s tenure as the police chief wasn’t completed as he still has four more years of his service left, but the Yogi Government shifted him. He was the second Muslim police chief appointed by the Samajwadi Party government in its tenure as Rizwan Ahmed served as the DGP from January 1 to February 28, 2014, earlier. When Javed Ahmed was appointed as the DGP of the most populous Indian state, BJP alleged that the decision was taken to save their Muslim vote bank.
Before the reshuffling, the CM Yogi indicated that he wasn’t impressed with the performance of the state police. He also said to the police officers that they need to change their working style to make the common people feel safe in the state. The firebrand CM Yogi also said that he’s not happy with the performance of its anti-corruption wing and it will be reorganized. Talking about newly appointed DGP of Uttar Pradesh Sulkhan Singh, he’s known as one of the senior most IPS officers and had been earlier in-charge of various posts in police headquarters in Allahabad, training and jail departments. Singh also served as the Inspector General (IG) Lucknow zone and Deputy IG Lucknow range. Unless Singh gets an extension, he has only five months left for his retirement as he’ll be reaching his retirement age in September this year.
After taking the charge as the new DGP of the state, Singh addressed a press conference and talked about his priorities for the state. “Anybody indulging in criminal activities will not be spared, whether from ruling party or not, we have strict orders from UP chief minister,” ANI quoted Singh. He also added that the UP Police will work without any partiality and they will act immediately on any type of ‘Gundagardi’. Talking about the controversial Anti-Romeo squad in the state, Singh cleared those police officials will be in normal clothes, but will not question people. He also said that no personnel on duty for Anti-Romeo squads will act or take action on people with any kind of offensive actions.