VIPs and influential people flaunting police security in Punjab may have to shed some of it with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal ordering on Monday that all "unauthorized" security personnel be withdrawn from them.
At a meeting of the Punjab police top brass here Monday, Sukhbir Badal, who is also the state's home minister, took strong exception to unauthorised gunmen, beyond the sanctioned strength of the security wing, given to those under protection.
Badal asked Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini to ensure that all unauthorised gunmen return to their units. He said that the unit commanders should certify by Tuesday that they have not given any unauthorised gunmen to anyone.
Giving a strong warning to all district police chiefs, Badal said it was their duty to maintain command and control and to keep all police officials under discipline.
"He said that he would not tolerate collusion of any police personnel in illegal possession of property, especially of NRIs, besides lodging of any false case against any innocent. He said that he has asked the DGP to shift out all SHOs/DSPs (station house officers/deputy superintendents of police) who were posted in district since last five years," a police spokesman said here.
"He said that no SSP would be allowed to take his baggage of favourite SHOs/DSPs along with him on his transfer," the spokesman added.