Ghaziabad SSP suspended for “failure to control crime”

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday suspended Senior Superintendent of Police Ghaziabad Pawan Kumar for alleged dereliction of duty and “failure” to control crime. A statement to the effect was issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi.

The suspension has come three days after three robbers on a bike looted ₹ 25 lakh from the staffers of a petrol pump in Mansuri police station area of the district.

An IPS officer of the 2009 batch, Mr. Kumar was posted in Ghaziabad in August last year. Soon after he joined, he made news when he recommended application of Goondas Act against Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, the controversial priest of Dasna temple in the district. The file was returned by the District Magistrate.

Mr. Kumar again hit the headlines when he suspended the SHO of Loni Police station for allegedly making a general diary entry public wherein he said that he was transferred because of a shootout with local criminals. BJP’s Loni MLA had issued statements in support of the SHO.

Recently, he was in the limelight again after policemen stopped a BJP Rajya Sabha member, mayor of Ghaziabad, and city president from entering the counting centre on March 10, the day votes polled for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections were being counted. They were taken to the police station and released after four hours. When the leaders demanded action against the officers on duty, Mr. Kumar issued a statement that the officers followed his orders to not allow anybody without a pass to proceed beyond the barrier.

Sanjeev Sharma, city president of the Bharatiya Janta Party admitted that he had lodged a complaint against the behaviour of the SSP. “There have been a series of complaints against the officer,” he said.

However, Thursday’s order has sent shock waves in a section of the bureaucracy. “Mr. Kumar is an upright officer, somebody whom young officers look up to. We are surprised by the decision. It seems he hurt some big egos,” said an IPS officer, requesting anonymity.

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