Jaisalmer superintendent of police Pankaj Choudhary's transfer allegedly at the behest of a Congress MLA for reopening an old case has kicked up a controversy.
While businessmen in Jaisalmer held a protest on Sunday demanding revocation of the transfer, the government was forced to issue a clarification that the transfer order was 'routine'.
Markets shut down as businessmen, hoteliers, and tour operators held a rally demanding revocation of the transfer order and submitted a memorandum to the Collector on the issue.
The protesters alleged that the honest officer, who had cracked down on crime, had been transferred under political pressure. Choudhary has been transferred to Kishangarh in Ajmer as Police Training Services Commandant.
Though Choudhary was transferred on Friday along with 48 other IPS officers, various trade and social organizations in Jaisalmer and leaders of opposition Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) are linking his transfer with opening of a history sheet against Gazi Fakir, father of Congress MLA from Pokhran, Saleh Mohammad.
“I opened history sheet as a routine process. There have been reports of across border connections of Fakir and his family” said Choudhary while denying to comment on his transfer. He was posted in Jaisalmer in February this year.
In Jaipur, the government issued a clarification saying the Jaislamer SPs transfer was a routine administrative decision. Virendra Beniwal, minister of state for home, said in a statement that the SPs transfer was part of the transfers of 49 IPS officers that was carried out on August 2. “It was a routine administrative decision and not linked to any other motive,” Beniwal said in the statement.
Fakir, 78, is booked in half a dozen cases including cross border smuggling and land grabbing. A history sheet was opened against him in July 1965. The file went missing in the year 1984. The history sheet was again opened in 1990 and closed in May 2011. Choudhary again opened the history sheet on July 31 this year.
The family has been on the radar of the intelligence agencies after arrest of suspected ISI agent Sumar Khan in February this year. Khan worked at the petrol pump of Saleh Mohammad whose elder brother, Abdullah Fakir, is zila pramukh. The police have also booked Saleh for anti-social activities.
The history sheet was opened after an order from police headquarters of June 14, 2013 regarding examination of all history sheets and arrest of history sheeters in all districts.
“It is a political conspiracy against us. My father is hearing impaired and is short of sight now. No case has been filed against him at any police station for last three decades. We have nothing to do with SP’s transfer” said Saleh Mohammad.