Uttar Pradesh’s new DGP Sulkhan Singh took charge on Saturday morning replacing Javeed Ahmed and in his first press conference itself issued a warning to all the criminal elements in the state. Sulkhan Singh said UP police will work with total impartiality and will not spare anyone who is involved in criminal activities. “We have zero tolerance towards corruption. Anybody indulging in criminal activities will not be spared, whether from ruling party or not, we have strict orders from UP CM. Any ‘gundagardi’ will be acted upon, Uttar Pradesh police will work with total impartiality,” he was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Speaking about the anti-romeo squads, he said, “Personnel will be in plain clothes, this does not include questioning ppl. The personnel on duty for anti-romeo squads will act and take action only on people with objectionable behavior.” He also cleared his stance on cow vigilantism by saying, “Action will be taken on anyone indulging in vigilantism in the name of Gau Raksha or anything else, no one has the right to intervene.”
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He was appointed as the new DGP of the state as Yogi Adityanath government transferred 12 IPS officers on Friday including the state DGP Javeed Ahmed. In an immediate response, Singh assured people that police will work without any discrimination. “The Uttar Pradesh Police will work efficiently if proper motivation is given to us. We will live up to the expectation of the government. We will take strict action against the culprits without any partiality. The law and order will be maintained in the state. I assure people our police will work without any discrimination and will take care of their dignity and respect. Everybody will be treated equally,” Singh told ANI.
Apart from Ahmed the government also transferred other IPS officers and 7 IAS officers. The list of IPS officers include the names of Surya Kumar, Jawahar Lal Tripathi, Alok Prasad, Aditya Mishra, Bhavesh Kumar Singh, Vijay Kumar, Daljeet Singh, Alok Singh, Sanjay Singhal and Navneet Sikera. Earlier on March 23, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath paid a surprise visit to Lucknow’s Hazratganj police station to have an inspection of the place. Following the inspection, Adityanath opined that the police should be people-friendly, thereby ensuring that appropriate action will be taken to maintain law and order in the state.