What retiring UT director general of police PK Srivastava could not do during three years of his stay at the top of the local police, the occasion of his retirement party did in three hours as senior and middle-rung officers put up a united front.
As and overwhelming mood of "all is well" prevailed at the farewell parade at Sector 26 police lines on Friday afternoon, both local police officials and IPS officers mingled with each other as if nothing was wrong with the force.
And it did not escape the notice of the 1986-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer. Addressing the force for the last time, Srivastava stressed the need for them to remain united. Every family had some difference of opinion among its members but the ones who stayed together and united were successful in the end, said the DGP, who retired on Friday after putting in 37 years in service.
He exhorted Chandigarh police officials to iron out their differences and project a united front, which would help the force perform better.
It is pertinent to mention here that the three-year tenure of Srivastava from February 2010 onwards saw subordinate police officers virtually raising a banner of revolt against IPS officers. Factionalism led to the suspension of two inspector-rank officials and registering of a bribe case against an IPS officer.
The retiring DGP's wife Alka Srivastava appreciated the "cooperation" the police chief received during his tenure.
She claimed that Srivastava had served in Andaman and Nicobar islands, New Delhi and Goa also, but his stay in the City Beautiful had been the "most fruitful" due to cooperation extended by local residents and Chandigarh police.
Police officials jostle for photo with DGP
Palpable excitement was in the air as Chandigarh police personnel and various IPS officers jostled with each other to get themselves photographed with the outgoing police chief. Officers of all ranks, including women officers, did not miss the opportunity to get themselves clicked with Srivastava. The wife of UT DIG Alok Kumar delivered the farewell speech. UT SSP Naunihal Singh and UT SP RS Ghumman were also present on the occasion.
A family affair
Senior police officers, apart from all DSPs, were present at the farewell function along with their families at the police lines.
Nine police contingents led by DSP BS Negi gave a salute to the DGP. The march past was followed by mounted police, dog squad, traffic interceptor, PCR vehicle, QRT, mobile X-ray van, police hospital vehicle, road safety exhibition van and riot control vehicle.
DIG Alok Kumar to fill in
UT administration has decided to assign the work related to UT DGP to DIG Alok Kumar till a regular posting on the top post was ordered. Meanwhile, police officials could be seen discussing names of IPS officers could succeed PK Srivastava as UT DGP.
PK Srivastava pioneered the modern police control room as DCP (PCR), New Delhi. As SP of Andaman and Nicobar islands, he took interest in protection of aboriginal tribes of Jarawas and also launched initiatives to protect the coral wealth of the islands.
As DCP (crime) in Delhi police, he busted the match-fixing racket involving Hansie Cronje, the then captain of South African cricket team.
As UT IGP, Srivastava reinvented the beat patrol system. He also took special interest in community policing by initiating and supporting gully cricket. He took up various police welfare schemes, with special focus on modernization.
There was ten-fold increase in budget to about Rs. 20 crore for procuring latest equipment and improving infrastructure of UT Police during Srivastava's tenure.
It was due to efforts that about 600 constables would get promotion after 20 long years. Srivastava was recipient of Police Medal for Meritorious Service.