Yogi Adityanath led-Uttar Pradesh government, on April 21, in a major reshuffle, transferred 12 IPS and 7 IAS officers. The most striking appointment was of 1980-batch IPS officer Sulkhan Singh as the new Director-General of Police (DGP) in the state. Singh was named as a replacement of Javeed Ahmed who was holding the post since January, 2016. On Saturday morning, Singh took charge as the new DGP of the state. So, who is he? Why he was made the new DGP?
Well, here is all you need to know about the newly appointed DGP of Uttar Pradesh:
– Singh, who completed his engineering in Roorkee, belongs to a very normal family background. He is from Jorharpur district near Banda-Fatehpur border in Uttar Pradesh.
– Known to be one of the senior most IPS officers, Singh had earlier been in-charge of various key posts in police headquarters in Allahabad, training and jail departments.
– He has also served as Inspector General (IG) Lucknow zone and Deputy IG Lucknow Range. Singh has first-hand experience of crime control and effective policing during his tenure in the district police force.
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– Prior to this Singh was holding the post of DG, Training Headquarters, since April 2015 and is the senior most IPS officer in the cadre.
– However, Sulkhan Singh is likely to have a brief stint as the DGP as since is reaching his retirement age in September this year.
A day after taking charge as the new DGP of the state, Singh addressed a press conference where he warned all the criminals of the state. “Anybody indulging in criminal activities will not be spared, whether from ruling party or not, we have strict orders from UP chief minister,” ANI quoted Singh. He also said that any ‘gundagardi’ will be acted upon and the Uttar Pradesh police will work with total impartiality.
Speaking upon the anti-Romeo squads in the state, Singh said that police officials will be in plain clothes, but this does not include questioning people. He further said that the personnel on duty for anti-romeo squads will act and take action only on people with objectionable behavior.