Seeking to send a strong message that laxity in enforcing law and order will not be tolerated, Uttar Pradesh police has suspended over 100 policemen since the new government led by Yogi Adityanath assumed office.
Most of these suspensions were in Ghaziabad, Meerut and Noida. In Lucknow, seven inspectors have been suspended.
The crackdown followed directives issued by DGP Javeed Ahmed a few days back to identify the “black sheep” among the policemen.
PRO UP Police, Rahul Srivastava, said, “More than 100 policemen, mostly constables, have been suspended as per the directives of the DGP to identify the black sheep and take exemplary action against them.”
The directive was issued to all the Superintendents of Police through video conferencing by the state police chief and Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda hours after Yogi Adityanath assumed office.
Earlier on March 23, UP CM conducted a surprise check at a police station in Hazratganj, Lucknow. He said, “I have come here to inspect as to how the rule of law is enforced in the State and gauge the morale of the police, and see what effective action can be taken in this regard.”
“The rule of law will be established in the State and the government will not hesitate in taking whatever steps are required for people’s welfare,” he addded.
The Chief Minister enquired about the working of the police force from the officials present and inspected the crime branch and cyber cell.
He cautioned that this was not his last inspection but only a beginning and exuded confidence that an improvement would be seen at all levels.
Without mincing words, the Chief Minister directed officials to maintain punctuality and hygiene.