Yogi Adityanath replaces Javeed Ahmad as DGP with senior-most UP cadre IPS officer Sulkhan Singh


The Yogi Adityanath government, since taking office has made some changes in the law and order department. (PTI)

Sulkhan Singh, the senior most IPS officer of the 1980 batch of the UP cadre on Friday replaced Javeed Ahmad as Uttar Pradesh Deputy General of Police. The Yogi Adityanath government, since taking office has made some changes in the law and order department as well as effected other administrative changes at the top. Most of these changes have come in the backdrop of the new Chief Minister promising a better law and order situation in the state – the former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government’s record on this front had been patchy.

Earlier in March, when Adityanath had assumed office, the Uttar Pradesh Police had suspended over 100 policemen. Most of these suspensions had taken place in Ghaziabad, Meerut and Noida. Interestingly this crackdown, according to PTI had come after the directives issued by Javeed Ahmed to identify the “black sheep among policemen.”

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Earlier in a review meeting last month in Lucknow, Adityanath had said that the police officers needed a change in their style of working and make sure that a sense of security developed in the public. He had said that in order to make Uttar Pradesh a corruption-free state, there was a need to bring transparency in the working style of police officials. He told PTI, “The police must establish a direct communication with people and must take cognizance of even the most minor incident.” He had also spoken about the attacks against African students in Greater Noida saying that the police needed an elaborate plan to put the correct strategy in place to tackle the situation. He had insisted that the officers needed to go for field visits and make themselves familiar with the ground reality.