IPS officer suspended after tweeting Yadav caste cops were being targeted in UP
Himanshu Kumar tweeted on March 22 that there was a “rush among senior officers to suspend/send to reserve lines all police personnel who have ‘Yadav’ surname.lucknow Updated: Mar 25, 2017 20:31 IST
An Indian Police Service officer was suspended on Saturday after he alleged in a series of tweets that the Uttar Pradesh government was selectively targeting officials of the Yadav caste who are seen as supporters of the previous Samajwadi Party administration.
Himanshu Kumar -- a 2010-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre – had tweeted on March 22 that there was a “rush among senior officers to suspend/send to reserve lines all police personnel who have ‘Yadav’ surname.” His allegation was rebuffed by senior officials, who said the BJP government had not ordered any police transfers.
But Kumar didn’t stop and his second post was more controversial. “Why is DGP office forcing officers to punish people in the name of caste?” he wrote on the microblogging site, tagging chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s official handle.
He has since deleted the posts and issued a clarification, but continued to retweet others supporting him. “Some people have misunderstood my tweet. I support the initiative of the government,” he posted later.
But the controversy refused to die down and an inquiry was ordered on Wednesday. , culminating in his suspension as a disciplinary action.
A senior home department official said the IPS officer was suspended as disciplinary action after a fact-finding report. Spokesman of home department, Vipin Mishra, confirmed the suspension of the IPS officer, who was attached with the director general of police’s (DGP) office in Lucknow.
Kumar was removed as superintendent of police, Firozabad, after the assembly elections – which the BJP won with a thumping majority -- and is currently on medical leave.
The IPS officer was in the news last July for filing a case against his estranged wife, Priya Singh, in Noida. He alleged she hacked into his email accounts to obtain bank statements and personal details. His wife also lodged a case of dowry harassment and domestic violence against him and his family members in Bihar.