Monday, April 9, 2012

Narendra Modi shifts 68 senior policeman before assembly elections

AHMEDABAD: The Narendra Modi government on Sunday transferred 68 senior police officers ahead of the assembly elections in December. Fifty of these are IPS officers. Sources in the government told TOI that a second round of police and administrative transfers may be expected after the Jagannath Rath Yatra in July.

The list of seven IPS officers transferred from Ahmedabad includes joint police commissioner (traffic) Satish Verma, a thorn in the government's side as a member of the special investigation team (SIT) appointed by the Gujarat high court to probe the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Verma, who has been given a side-posting as principal, Police Training College, Junagadh, had played a crucial role in establishing that the Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake and had resulted in a fresh FIR being filed in the case by the CBI. Sources said that police officers seen as trouble-shooters by the Narendra Modi government have been given postings where they would help in damage control. Of the IPS officers transferred, 10 have also been promoted. Eleven police inspectors have been promoted as deputy superintendents of police. The other senior IPS officers transferred out of Ahmedabad are joint police commissioners Atul Karwal and Shamsher Singh. Karwal, too, has got a fairly innocuous posting as joint director, police academy, Karai.

Four deputy police commissioners of police from Ahmedabad, too, have been shifted and sent to different districts. Four assistant superintendents of police have been promoted as SPs and given independent charge of districts. This apart, seven DSPs have also been transferred and 11 inspectors promoted.

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