Acting on the complaint of journalists from Phillaur, Jalandhar zone inspector general of police (IGP) B Chander Shekhar on Thursday ordered the transfer of Phillaur SHO Gulshan Lal Sharma on charge of engineering protest against the scribes and for 'indirectly threatening' to get them implicated in false cases.
Earlier, a meeting of journalists from Phillaur sub-division was held at the Punjab Press Club here to discuss the agitation path to be adopted for the inordinate delay on part of the Jalandhar (rural) police chief Yurinder Singh Hayre in transferring the erring SHO despite assurances to the journalists in the past.
The meeting presided over by club president Major Singh expressed concern over the reluctance of senior police officials to act against the SHO, who is said to be a close associate of Phillaur MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander.
In the wake of decision to meet the IGP, the scribes submitted oral and material evidence to the police officer regarding Sharma's indirect threats to journalists through his emissaries and concocting false stories to frame media persons, who were demanding his ouster since June 24. SSP Hayre and district public relations officer Gurmeet Singh were also present on the occasion.
The journalists also submitted that the orders of district magistrate Shruti Singh during her visit to Phillaur for registration of an FIR and arrest of those involved in illegal mining on the Sutlej riverbed were also not complied with by the erring SHO. The scribes maintained that if the SHO was not implementing the DM's orders, the plight of the common man on delivery of police services could be well imagined.
"Despite strict instructions of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal to effectively check illegal mining, the SHO has not acted against people involved till date. It's an open secret that sand was collected from the Sutlej riverbed during nights and early mornings," they alleged.
Shekhar immediately asked Hayre to transfer Sharma. "The inquiry being conducted by SP (detective) Rajinder Singh on journalists' complaint should be completed in a day and requisite action taken against him," the IGP added.
Sources said that acting Punjab chief secretary NS Kang, who is also principal secretary of information and public relations department, also intervened after journalists' compliant and asked authorities concerned to resolve the issue immediately.