10 senior cops shunted after quota violence ravages Haryana

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 01:09 IST
The police has been accused of being a mute spectator as the state witnessed violence during Jat agitation recently. (HT PHOTO)

The Haryana government on Tuesday transferred 10 senior police officers, including superintendents of police (SPs), of the three worst-affected districts during the recent Jat quota agitation.

Those transferred include nine Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and one from the Haryana Police Service. The SPs of Jhajjar, Kaithal and Rewari were among those who were transferred.

Jhajjar was the worst-hit district during the violent protests, which resulted in 13 people losing their lives — the maximum in the state.

Former education minister Geeta Bhukkal, whose house was among several public and private properties set afire, alleged Jhajjar SP Sumit Kumar failed to act despite her repeated calls.

After the rejig, Jashandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Ambala (urban), will take Kumar’s place, while the latter will replace Kishan Murari as SP Kaithal.

Murari, said to be related to a Jat member of Parliament in the current BJP government, was transferred as SP, commando, to relieve Karnal SP Pankaj Nain of the additional charge.

Kulwinder Singh, DCP, west, Gurgaon, will replace Sangeeta Rani as Commandant 4th India Reserve Battalion in Manesar, while the latter will take over as SP, Rewari, in place of Balwan Singh. Singh, in turn, will become DCP, west, Gurgaon.

The government also transferred KP Singh, director general of police, crime, who was given additional charge of director general of the Prakash Singh committee set up by the state government to inquire into the acts of omission and commission on the part of officers — both police and civil administration — during the violent protests.

Also, Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, inspector general, Central Training Institute, Home Guards, was posted as IGP, telecommunications, in place of AS Chawla, who is on leave, and Arun Nehra, SP, Yamunanagar, was posted as DCP, Ambala (urban). Sumer Partap Singh, additional commissioner of police, Gurgaon, will take Nehra’s place in Yamunanagar.

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