New DGP may ring in changes in districts
WITH THE appointment of Bua Singh as the director general of police (DGP), another major reshuffle in the districts is in the offing.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 00:57 IST
WITH THE appointment of Bua Singh as the director general of police (DGP), another major reshuffle in the districts is in the offing.
There is also a possibility of changes in the zonal IGs and the range DIGs. However, all this is expected only after the new State police chief’s field visits. There is a feeling among officers positive results cannot be achieved without an overhaul.
The newly appointed DGP has already announced he will visit all zones soon to review the situation. With the rising crime graph and mafioso-turned-politicians ruling the roost, Bua Singh has his task cut out.
His appointment itself has caused ripples among officers in the districts. “It has sent shivers down the spines of SPs,” said a DG. Bua Singh, known for his strictness, has a mandate from Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to refurbish the image of the force before the State goes to the polls.
His appointment has thus evoked a mixed response among senior IPS officers. But by and large, it is his “hard task master” image, which is being debated in the department.
A man who made his own decisions, he was, however, “a little bit impulsive” to get results, said an officer. The change in the UP police leadership was in the pipeline for a long time. Immediately after the promotion of the 1973-batch IPS officer to the rank of DG, Bua Singh’s elevation to the DGP’s post had become imminent.
However, the well-entrenched Thakur lobby supporting Yashpal Singh delayed the change. The chief minister finally resorted to a surgical operation when the situation had already gone out of control.
The stage for the departure of Yashpal Singh was set on December 24, 2005, when his wife Gita Singh illegally tried to grab a PAC bungalow in Gonda. Alleged bungling in out-of-turn promotions to sub-inspectors sealed his fate. The government also did not take kindly to the inordinate and deliberate delay in appointment of the PAC commandant, Gonda. The delay was reportedly aimed at weakening the bungalow case pending in the High Court. The commandant, much to the discomfiture of the outgoing DGP, was posted last week without his consent.