A day after his appointment as the director general of police (DGP), state’s top cop Suresh Arora has directed the police machinery across the seven districts in the Bathinda zone to ensure a fair and transparent inquiry into the recent incidents of desecration of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib.At a meeting in Bathinda with heads of police of seven districts, he also asked cops to instill confidence among people.
The meeting was attended by additional director general of police (law and order) Rohit Chaudhary; inspectors general of police Ishwar Chander and Jitendra Jain; and deputy inspectors general of police Bathinda and Ferozepur range, RS Khatra and Amar Singh Chahal, respectively, and SSPs of seven districts under the zone.
Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Arora said, “I have just been appointed. I cannot comment.”
Sources said at the meeting, the DGP emphasised that the cracking of the case of stealing of ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib from a gurdwara at the Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village needed to be solved on priority. He is also said to have conveyed a strong message that he needed results in the two cases of desecration of ‘birs’ at Bargari village in Faridkot and at Gurusar village in Bathinda.
Even as the department officials had arranged a guard of honour to welcome the new DGP, he declined to be part of it.
Bathinda SSP Rajeshwar Singh Sidhu; Mansa SSP Raghbir Singh Sandhu; Moga SSP Mukhwinder Singh; Fazilka SSP Swapan Sharma, Ferozepur SSP Hardyal Singh Mann, Muktsar SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal and SSP Faridkot Sukhmandar Singh were part of the meeting.
Arora visits Golden Temple
Before his meeting with the top brass of the Bathinda police, the DGP had visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar to pay obeisance. Here too, he met top officials of the district including Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, IG Border Range Lok Nath Angra and other officials from nearby districts.
Terming the prevailing state-of-affairs in the state as ‘quite precarious’ on account of the incidents of sacrilege, he asked cops to be alert and tactful in maintenance of law and order.