The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government carried out a massive shake-up of police department late on Tuesday by transferring 52 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
But the decision to transfer district police superintendent of Bhind, Navneet Bhasin didn’t go down well with the common people in Bhind district, who took to streets against the move.
Several people, including school, college students and girls also staged protests across Bhind town demanding the revoking of Bhasin’s transfer as SP Khandwa.
The protestors claimed that along with district collector Ilayaraja T and other district officials, Bhind SP Navneet Bhasin had done immense work for establishing peace and tranquillity, particularly action against sexual-harassers. The protestors also submitted a memorandum, addressed to the CM, to the district collector for revoking the transfer of Bhasin, who they credited with crackdown against the exam copying mafia.
On Tuesday night, the government ordered the transfer of 52 IPS officers, including five additional DG rank officials, among them ADG (CID) Anil Kumar who will be the new DG of Lokayukta special police establishment.
The transferred IPS officers, include 20-odd superintendent of police rank officers, including SP Dhar Rajesh Hingankar and SP Jhabua Sanjay Tiwari, who were transferred to Special Armed Force (SAF) in Indore and PHQ Bhopal respectively over inability in timely dealing with communal violence in their districts in October.
Tiwari’s transfer is being particularly seen as fallout of pressure by the RSS and ruling BJP to shunt him over the communal violence and beating of an RSS leader in Petlawad (Jhabua) recently.