Friday's "breaking news" drove district police officers back to last stations. The office of the director general of police (DGP) had rolled back the 147 transfers that former Amritsar police commissioner Ram Singh had ordered just before leaving the charge.
Soon after the state government had transferred Ram Singh last week, the IG-ranked officer had shifted officers in bulk. Constables, inspectors and even half a dozen station house officers were assigned other areas. Because of the chaos, the new police commissioner, Jatinder Singh Aulakh, was forced to take charge on Sunday instead of Monday and face a barrage of questions from the media. He agreed to examine the transfers.
Later, Aulakh asked the city police to be tough on corruption and drug trafficking. As the reshuffle issue failed to die down, the DGP's office intervened on Friday. "The DGP's office has ordered to withdraw 147 transfers. Only the DGP's office can specify the reason," said commissioner Aulakh.
As the day started, the commissioner's office started ordering the reversal of transfers, and by afternoon, the officers were back to the earlier postings. The police headquarters in Chandigarh sought the list of all officers transferred recently.