In an unprecedented move, over a dozen senior IPS officials slammed Ahmedabad police commissioner Sudhir Sinha on the issue of suspended IPS Sanjiv Bhatt's arrest and subsequent search operations conducted at his residence.
The officers hit out at the top cop in his presence at an emergency IPS association meeting called on Saturday evening in which a resolution was passed to stand by Bhatt's family and after the meeting, three officials, Bhatt's batch mates, were asked to visit his family members.
"Your action has crossed all limits of decency. The way he and his families were treated suggests that subordinate policemen were asked to humiliate the fellow officer and his families. This would not have been possible without your instruction to them," an IG level official reportedly told Sinha on his face.
"It's a clear case of intentional humiliation of the fellow cop and his family," he quipped.
Another official added, "The way the fellow officer was arrested, kept in a filthy lock up, his wife and lawyers were not even allowed to meet him and he was denied home made food, speaks volumes of the spinelessness of higher ups. This is not acceptable to us."
"There were 35 members present in the meeting and jot a single official spoke in support of Sinha, who was at the receiving end of the fury of senior cops like AK Singh, Atul Karwal, Vinod Mall and SK Saikia, Rakesh Asthana" a senior IPS officer confided.
Another officer who had arrested three IPS officials in a fake encounter case told Sinha that he had dealt with them in a much more dignified manner. "Sinha has no courage to speak a single word. He silently heard everything" the official added.
The officials were unsparing of the state government also in their trenchant criticism of the state government. The resolution passed by the associated stated, "There is all pervasive feeling witch hunt of the officials who have taken on the establishment on one issue or another."
It further stated, "There is general feeling of anguish at the neglect of the IPS cadre in the state. It happened second time in last ten years that there is no full time DGP in the state police for over a year now."
The members sought to know what prevents the state government from promoting additional DG level officials to the DGP to fill up four sanctioned post of DGP in the state. The association resolved to give a memorandum to the state government to appoint full time DGP in the state.