‘Stamping out terrorism my priority’

September 08, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 03:51 am IST - Srinagar

Dilbag Singh takes charge as new J&K police chief; promises to protect interests of common people

Change of guard:Former Director General of Police S.P. Vaid passes on the baton to Dilbag Singh at the police headquarters in Srinagar on Friday.NISSAR AHMAD

Change of guard:Former Director General of Police S.P. Vaid passes on the baton to Dilbag Singh at the police headquarters in Srinagar on Friday.NISSAR AHMAD

Senior IPS officer Dilbag Singh took over as the new Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday after his predecessor S.P. Vaid was shunted out and posted as Transport Commissioner on Thursday night. Mr. Singh continues to hold the charge of Director General (Prisons).

After taking over as the new police chief, Mr. Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer from the State, said that his priority was to stamp out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest, while protecting the interests of the common people.

Mr. Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, who was unceremoniously removed as police chief, passed on the baton to Mr. Singh at a simple ceremony held at the police headquarters here on Friday afternoon.

In a related development, the State government informed the Supreme Court about its decision of appointing Mr. Singh as the acting police chief.

Modification sought

State government counsel Shoeb Alam said the government was seeking a modification of the July 3 order by which a State was required to send the names of three senior IPS officer well in advance to the Union Public Service Commission for clearance before appointing an officer to the post of DGP.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of the state government and posted the matter for hearing on September 10.

‘Welfare of police force’

Mr. Singh (55), who has served the State police in various capacities, said he would also work for the welfare of police personnel, who have been at the forefront of anti-militancy operations. He said it is a daunting task but he is sure the Jammu and Kashmir Police will pass all tests with flying colours.

“My priority as of now is to deal with terrorism firmly, while protecting the interests of innocent people. I have held a meeting with my senior officers at the police headquarters after taking over and will be interacting with district superintendents, range DIGs and Zonal IGs in the evening to have a brief on the ground situation and our priorities,” he said.

Calling the responsibility a great honour, he said due attention would be paid to the welfare of the all police ranks, especially the jawans. The State government is seriously concerned about that, he said. “The J&K Police has earned a name for itself and it is the duty of all of us to take it to greater heights,” he added.

Mr. Vaid is believed to have been removed because of continuous friction over interference in the police work by the State’s bureaucracy. He has been shifted as Transport Commissioner, a post which was held by Saugat Biswas, a 2006-batch IAS officer. The post has been upgraded from Additional Secretary to the rank of Secretary. It will be headquartered in Jammu.

Before demitting office, Mr. Vaid expressed satisfaction that he was able to serve the people of the State.

“I am thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to serve my people and my country. My best wishes to the new DGP,” Mr. Vaid said.

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