EVEN THOUGH the reaction among police officers to the attack on SP Firozabad Amitabh Thakur has been subdued so far, the general body of the IPS Officers Association is likely to take up the issue at its meeting here on Tuesday.
The issue also came up briefly for discussion at the executive committee meeting on Monday chaired by association president and DG Homeguards VKB Nair. The tepid response to the issue could be gauged from the fact that neither the victim Amitabh Thakur nor any other IPS officer had so far given in writing to the association to take up the matter with chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
However there was feeling in executive committee that some “hostile” officers, who were unhappy with the Yadav government, could utilise the opportunity to target the State leadership on the issue. Though beating up of the officer is being taken as an attack on the police institution, for certain inexplicable reasons, the whole approach to the issue is half-hearted. Ruling Samajwadi Party MLA from Jasrana, Ramvir Singh Yadav, and his supporters had beaten up the SP in Paidath village in Firozabad on July 27.
Even some retired IPS officers also wanted to take up the issue but they withdrew after coming to know about the ground realities. However, former DGP Prakash Singh took up the matter with Nair and asked him to condemn the incident at the association. Singh told HT it was serious issue and every effort should be made to uphold the prestige and dignity of IPS officers.
Apart from filling up vacant posts in the committee due to transfer of the officers, the association would also discuss the inordinate delay on part of the State Home Department in sending the annual confidential report (ACR) to the Centre. The delay has badly affected empanelment and posting of the officers at the Centre. As against 92 posts reserved for UP IPS cadre at the Centre, 42 posts are lying vacant in the absence of ACRs. “This is a serious problem affecting the career of the officers”, commented a committee member. The association has long been demanding posting of IPS officers in Excise, transport, trade tax, jail and some other departments where there is direct role of the police department. Thus “foreign posting” within the State is also on the agenda of the general body. The association has once again decided to take police commissioner issue with the chief minister.