Bhopal: A day after the transfer of two superintendents of police (SPs), who were allegedly found wanting in performing duties, and spared other three, the government came under severe flak from the opposition Congress. Four more IPS officers too were transferred on Friday evening.
The Congress has dubbed the shifting of two SPs and non-transfer of the three others as the selective policy of IPS officers’ transfer under political pressure.
According to sources in police department, five districts which were found wanting on different counts (crime against women, crime against SC/ST, law and order maintenance and identified crimes), included Agar Malwa, Dhar, Morena, Alirajpur and Rajgarh. The CM had pulled up Dhar SP on Tuesday at a meeting for failing to contain communal violence in Gandhwani. After that, shunting of SPs of those five districts was imminent.
Rajgarh superintendent of police (SP) RA Chaubey, a 2004 batch IPS officer, was shunted to the police headquarters as AIG while Alirajpur SP Kumar Sourabh, a 2007 batch IPS officer, was transferred as commandant of Sixth SAF Battalion in Jabalpur.
The transfer of only two SPs has triggered speculations that the government didn’t touch the Agar Malwa, Morena and Dhar SPs due to political reasons.
While Dhar SP Rajesh Hingankar has ‘good equations’ with a powerful RSS leader of Indore region, Agar Malwa SP RS Meena is the husband of Mamta Meena, the ruling BJP MLA from Chachoda seat of Guna district. Meena has faced departmental enquiries in the past in a couple of matters, including a fake caste certificate row. A close relative of Morena SP Vineet Khanna is the son a senior national BJP leader.
Relief to the three SPs exposes how the state government and the CM is buckling under the pressure of RSS and ruling party, said state Congress president Arun Yadav. “The haste with which seven policemen and three home guards were booked for attempted murder and loot of an RSS pracharak in Baihar and their subsequent suspension clearly established that the government only wants to please its parent body rather than care about police morale.”
Home minister Bhupendra Singh was unavailable for comments.