As eyebrows were raised over mass transfers in the Amritsar police commissionerate a couple of days back, the new police commissioner of the holy city, Jatinder Singh Aulakh has stressed that the transfers will be closely examined.
There was lot of talk in police corridors about a major reshuffle, which was done in Amritsar police just before Aulakh assumed charge. Not only few SHOs were changed but also in-charges of various police chowkis, ASIs and head constables were transferred.
Sources in the police department confirmed that two SHOs even had objected to their transfer and had a minor tiff. Later, they were pacified by an ADCP-rank officer and they abided by the orders.
Reportedly, there were talks that some transfers were allegedly done in back date. The number is more than 100.
Aulakh, who joined as the new police commissioner on Sunday had to face a barrage of questions on the issue of mass transfers. But with not much to say, he assured that transfers will be examined.
"I have just joined and am yet to look into it. Transfers will be examined and then only I can say something," said police commissioner Aulakh.
Later, terming the new assignment as a challenge, Aulakh said, "Certainly working in Amritsar will be a challenge and control on drug menace and giving the people of Amritsar corruption-free policing will be my priority."
Other than this, streamlining traffic, controlling incidents of snatching and extra vigil outside educational institutes to check eve-teasing will also be major jobs, claimed the police commissioner.
Assuring the people of Amritsar that he will make efforts to eliminate crime from the holy city, Aulakh said, "In my 23 years of service in police department, I have always made an effort to make areas of my jurisdiction crime free. Here also, this will be my focus."
Will not tolerate corruption, CP tells cops
After talking to the media, the new police commissioner had a detailed meeting with all the officers, inspectors, SHOs and chowki in-charges. He told all of them that corruption of any kind will not be tolerated and those found involved in it will face the music.
However, it is also learnt that the police commissioner while addressing the cops also mentioned that he will not change anyone immediately (while talking of media queries on mass transfers), but keep a close eye on performance of each police employee.
These were routine transfers: Ram Singh
When contacted over mass transfers in the city, former Amritsar police commissioner Ram Singh, who is now police commissioner of Jalandhar said, "All were routine transfers. These were 60 to 70. Most of the transfers were done on requests, which were pending for the past few days. Similarly, SHOs were shifted as there were vacancies in a couple of police stations. Everything has been done as per routine and was on record."
"We were busy making preparations ahead of August 15 and looking into rumours of gangs of criminals operating in villages. That caused the delay in addressing transfer requests. No transfer was done in back date," said the former Amritsar police commissioner.