Transferred to Gautam Budh Nagar from Saharanpur, new senior superintendent of police Luv Kumar took charge on Friday at Surajpur office and promised action against corrupt officials, a crackdown on mafia-official nexus and criminal activities in the district.
Luv Kumar was transferred on Wednesday evening along with 84 IAS and 53 IPS officers in a major bureaucrat reshuffle by the Uttar Pradesh government.
A 2004-batch IPS officer, Kumar hails from Amroha and he completed his graduation from Nainital. This is the 31st transfer for Kumar in his 11-year career.
After taking charge as SSP, Kumar assured strict action against corrupt officials and criminals, subtly hinting at the nexus between the two.
“Be it an official of Noida or Greater Noida authority, an official in the district administration or any criminal, no one will be spared. We will be keeping a watch on their working and will take strict action against them. Our priority is to serve the public,” Kumar said.
He also highlighted the importance of communication between the police and public.
“It’s important to have a healthy dialogue between the police and public so that people can have trust in us. We will be providing a patient ear to people and all efforts will be made to ensure that the public feels safe in the district,” said Kumar.
The SSP also spoke about the need to improve traffic management in the city.
“We will be co-ordinating with the traffic police department to ensure that Noida and Greater Noida public are not hassled with traffic mismanagement,” said Kumar.
Regarding recent racial attacks against African community in Greater Noida, the SSP said that all efforts will be made to ensure that foreigners feel safe. “Even if some of them (Africans) are involved in illegal activities, law of the land should take its course and no one has the right to take the law in their hands. We will ensure that all foreigners feel safe here,” said Kumar.
“The police’s priority would be to curb crime in the city. Any crime, including disruption of communal harmony, will be dealt with strictly,” Kumar said.
He had been serving as the SSP of Saharanpur and the last days of his service there were marred with controversy as his residence was allegedly attacked by a Bharatiya Janata Party MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma and his henchmen. While Kumar was lauded for his strict action against rioting elements, the MP criticised him for stopping their procession in a sensitive area.
Trouble broke out in Saharanpur on April 14 when BJP volunteers decided to take out a procession on Ambedkar Jayanti without prior permission. Clashes erupted between two groups in the rally, in which several people, along with police and media personnel, were reportedly injured.
Police had lodged an FIR against the MP and 300 unidentified men for rioting and disrupting peace in the city. In retaliation, the MP and his followers allegedly attacked the SSP’s residence, vandalised his office and threatened his wife.
Days after the violence, Kumar has now been appointed as the SSP of Noida as a replacement for Dharmendra Singh.