Punjab’s new director general of police (DGP), Suresh Arora, has said bringing transparency into the functioning of the state police is an issue for him to be addressed on priority.
The 1982-batch IPS (Indian Police Service) officer said at a press conference on Sunday here after taking charge from DGP Sumedh Singh Saini that he would also ensure free and fair investigation into the sacrilege incident that had provoked protests across the state. “It is a very big responsibility, and as a police officer, I know I cannot control law and order without taking people into confidence and without their help,” Arora said, referring to the ongoing protests in the state.
“No comments”, he said, when asked if he supported the special investigation team’s “foreign hand” theory in the sacrilege incidents case. He said any decision on the continuation of the SIT would be after its leader, additional DGP IPS Sahota, had briefed him. Sahota who, earlier, stated that the two villagers arrested near Bargadi on the basis of tapped telephonic conversation had links with two Punjabi NRIs (non-resident Indians), said in reply to a question that he could even hold talks with Sikh organisations if it helped restore peace.
“In my 33 years of service, I have seen those disturbing days (of terrorism in Punjab),” the officer said, pointing out the relevance of “talking to the people for social harmony”. He sought “cooperation” from the media for his success in cracking the sacrilege case and bringing normalcy. A composed DGP finished the press briefing in less than 15 minutes, promising to get back to the media after looking at the situation.
Arora to visit Amritsar on Monday
On Monday, the new DGP will visit Amritsar to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir, after which he will meet the border-zone police officers.
DGP Suresh Arora, who was Punjab Vigilance Bureau chief director before taking charge as state police chief, is a batch mate of his predecessor, Sumedh Singh Saini
The 1982-batch IPS officer has an unblemished service record, is known to be level-headed, and even hardline Sikhs have a fair opinion of him
As Amritsar SSP during Operation Black Thunder at the Golden Temple in May 1988, he played a crucial role in fighting terrorism.
He has served as SSP in almost all districts, besides serving as DIG (CM’s security) after the assassination of the-then chief minister Beant Singh in 1995
A postgraduate in law from the University of London, he has won various gallantry medals and awards, including the President’s Meritorious Medal.