Desecration row: Punjab DGP shifted

  • SNS

    October 26, 2015 | 06:06 AM
Desecration row: Punjab DGP shifted

With the Opposition parties alleging breakdown of law and order in Punjab in the wake of unending protests and unrest over alleged desecration of the holy book Guru Granth Sahib, the Punjab government on Sunday transferred state police chief Sumesh Singh Saini and appointed his batchmate Suresh Arora the new director general of police. 

An official spokesperson said orders has already been issued for Arora's appointment as the new DGP Punjab. 

Saini has been posted as DGP-cum-chairman of Punjab Police Housing Corporation, the spokesperson added. 

A 1982-batch IPS officer, Arora was serving as the DGP -cum-chief director of vigilance bureau. He had played a key role in fighting terrorism in the state in late 80s. Mr Arora was posted as the SP (Headquarters), Amritsar, during Operation Black Thunder I, and as SSP Amritsar at the time of Operation Black Thunder II.He has served as the SSP in almost all districts, besides serving as the DIG, CM Security, after the assassination of then CM Beant Singh. 

A target of radical Sikh organisations for his role in anti-terrorist operations in late 80s, Saini was believed to be close to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. 

The Badals had appointed Mr Saini as DGP in 2012 when the SAD-BJP returned for a second consecutive term. He had superceded at least four senior IPS officers and three of his batch-mates. But as protests over the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib spread in Punjab and two persons were killed in firing at Behbal Kalan village in Faridkot during protests, the police had come under attack from Opposition parties as well as Sikh organisations. 

Punjab police last week arrested two baptised Sikh brothers, Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, in the first case of sacrilege in Faridkot district. But their families, fellow villagers and opposition parties allege the two have been framed in a false case.

An official spokesperson said orders has already been issued for Arora's appointment as the new DGP Punjab.