CM talks tough, tells top cops to keep order or face music
Chandigarh: In a short but stern lecture to the top-ranking officers of the Punjab Police, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned that those indulging in indiscipline might even face dismissal.He said DGP Suresh Arora was the boss and reminded the officers that the government had not even let Arora take up a central government posting.The meeting was called in the wake of recent accusations made by senior officers against each other.Clearly upset at the recent incidents, Capt Amarinder said he had been getting a hollow feeling over the last few days. “What is happening today is not only in an extremely bad taste, but also highly detrimental to the interests of Punjab,” he said.Pointing out that as an ex-Army man he had seen from close quarters how discipline was maintained in the forces, the CM called for serious introspection by the officers for the sake of the force and the state.A government spokesperson said the CM ordered the top brass of the police to put an immediate end to their personal and professional battles in the courts and the media.The CM said, if needed, he could even approach the Union Home Minister to seek the dismissal of any officer found violating discipline.“Any senior officer facing a professional issue should first approach the state DGP, followed by the Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary. If he is still not satisfied, he can come to me,” he said.Besides the CM, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Home Secretary NS Kalsi and DGP Arora spoke to the officers. Arora said the entire issue was particularly awkward for him, but assured the officers that he would not let them down at any cost.