UP government seeks Centre’s nod for three-month extension to DGP
A senior government official said a letter seeking service extension had been sent to the central government for approval.lucknow Updated: Sep 28, 2017 16:24 IST
Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give three months’ extension to director general of police (DGP) Sulkhan Singh.
His retirement is due on September 30.
A senior government official said a letter seeking service extension had been sent to the central government for approval.
A 1980-batch IPS officer, Singh was appointed DGP on April 21. The state government preferred seniority and performance criteria in his selection.
Singh was under pressure immediately after taking charge due to the spate in incidents of crime across the state, particularly sensational loot and murder of jewellers in Mathura, Sitapur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Agra.
By reshuffling incompetent policemen and appointing upright officer, Singh turned the tables on criminals.
The UP police have eliminated 17 notorious criminals in encounters and have tightened the noose around gangs active in the state. Specialised agencies – anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and Special task force (STF) – nabbed operatives of terrorist groups and arrested hardened criminals.
Shifting of gangsters lodged in jails has also weakened their network.
IPS officers of 1982-1987 batches, who have been promoted to DG rank, were engaged in hectic lobbying to grab the coveted post but the government decided to give extension to Singh.
The State Election Commission’s decision to hold urban local bodies’ election in November also worked in Singh’s favour as the government was averse to appointing a new officer at the crucial juncture.
Former DGP Prakash Singh had called for a two-year term for the DGP.
“If the state government wants to work for long-term change, it must give a minimum of two years to the DGP irrespective of superannuation. The Supreme Court as well as a report of the National Police Commission has called for a two-year term for the DGP,” he said.