Gaurav Yadav takes charge as officiating DGP of Punjab
Gaurav Yadav, a 1992-batch IPS officer, on Tuesday took charge as the officiating director general of police (DGP) of Punjab after current state police head VK Bhawra proceeded on a two-month leave.
According to an official order issued on Monday, Yadav has been given the additional charge of the DGP in addition to his own duties during the leave period of Bhawra. Yadav was posted as special principal secretary to Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann.
In a short video message soon after assuming charge as the state DGP, Yadav said in Punjabi: “The government’s priority is to control gangsters and the drugs problem. We want to give the state a secure environment and ensure law and order.”
Appealing for people’s cooperation, he said, “We want to give the state a friendly police.”
Counter-intelligence expert at the helm
Yadav, who is the son-in-law of former Punjab DGP PC Dogra, is a counter-intelligence expert. He had served as the intelligence wing chief during the SAD-BJP regime in 2016.
The state government can appoint the officiating DGP for a maximum of six months. Within this period, it has to send a list of IPS officers to the Union Public Service Commission that will later send back a panel of three IPS officers to the state government for choosing one out of them.
Before applying for leave, DGP Bhawra had sought a central deputation.
Govt under fire over law and order
Yadav’s appointment came amid rival political parties attacking the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government over the alleged deteriorating law and order in the state.
The defeat of the AAP in the recently held Sangrur Lok Sabha byelections was also attributed to the law and order issue and the murder of singer Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29.
The Bhagwant Mann government has been facing criticism from opposition parties over several incidents, including the rocket-propelled grenade attack at the intelligence headquarters of the Punjab Police in Mohali and the murder of a kabaddi player in Jalandhar.
Bhawra was appointed the DGP in January just before the model code of conduct came into force for the Punjab assembly elections.
The previous Charanjit Singh Channi government had selected Bhawra out of a panel of three officers shortlisted by the UPSC.
Police claimed to have cracked a bank robbery and nabbed three accused out of the four for robbing more than Rs 13 lakh from UCO bank, a week ago. The accused are identified as Vinay Tiwari, Tarun Nahar, Ajaypal and Gurpreet Singh. Three of them are in the police net while Gurpreet Singh is yet to be arrested. Regular raids are being conducted by the police to nab the fourth accused Gurpreet Singh.
Aiming to bring down dependence of indigenous bi-cycle manufacturers on imported components, especially from the Chinese markets, premium bicycle component maker Spur Technologies, launched its first manufacturing unit in the state at Dhanansu e-cycle valley here on Thursday. The firm is a subsidiary of Hero Motors Company and the manufacturing at the new unit is set to reduce imports from China for select components used in high-end bicycles.
Police arrested two drug pushers and two others involved in anti-social activities in two separate incidents here on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Luvpreet Singh, alias Gharu, of Mohan Ke Uttar and Jatin of Muktsar Utla Vehra. The police have recovered two country-made pistols of 32 bore, three live cartridges (7.65 mm) and one country-made pistol of 12 bore with one live cartridge.
Arshdeep Singh Thind, chief administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, Mohali, and in addition director, town and country planning, has been posted has secretary, agriculture and farmers welfare. Indu Malhotra has been posted as secretary, forest and wildlife and in addition secretary, Punjab State Information Commission. Dilraj Singh is the new secretary, revenue and rehabilitation, whereas Rajiv Prashar has been posted as secretary, Lokpal, and in addition secretary, State Election Commission.
Chandigarh Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday directed that severest of severe action must be taken against educational institutes withholding the degree of SC students on pretext of post-matric scholarship scheme. The chief minister, while chairing a meeting of social justice and empowerment department, told the officials to take action against educational institutions indulging in such tantrums to ruin the future of SC students and ensure that degree of not even a single student is withheld by any educational institute. He said the payment of funds under the scheme is a matter between the state government and the educational institutions and students from the underprivileged and weaker sections of society have nothing to do with this.