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Sulkhan Singh replaces Javeed Ahmad as UP DGP, promises zero tolerance against cow vigilantism, ‘gundagardi’

Lucknow: Newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Sulkhan Singh has assured people of equal treatment, while saying that strict action would be taken against the culprits without any discrimination.

Addressing the media after taking over from Javeed Ahmad, Singh vowed to crack down on “gundagardi” and said that his force will work with total impartiality.

“We have strict orders from the Chief Minister. Any ‘gundagardi’ will be acted upon, Uttar Pradesh police will work with total impartiality,” the new Uttar Pradesh DGP.

“We have zero tolerance towards corruption,” added the 1980-batch IPS officer.

On the incidents of self-proclaimed gau rakshaks assaulting innocents in the name of cow protection, Sulkan Singh said that action will be taken against such vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh.

“Action will be taken on anyone indulging in vigilantism in the name of gau raksha or anything else, no one has the right to intervene,” he added.

WHAT NEW UP DGP SAID IN PRESS MEET

1. Anybody indulging in criminal activities will not be spared, whether from ruling party or not, we have strict orders from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

2. Any ‘gundagardi’ will be acted upon, Uttar Pradesh police will work with total impartiality. Uttar Pradesh police has zero tolerance towards corruption.

3. The personnel on duty for anti-Romeo squads will act and take action only on people with objectionable behaviour.

4. Personnel will be in plain clothes, but this does not mean that they will start needlessly questioning people. This will be reiterated in standing orders issued to the personnel.

5. Action will be taken on anyone indulging in vigilantism in the name of Gau Raksha or anything else, no one has the right to intervene. Will not disclose complainant’s name in such a case (of alleged vigilantism), but won’t allow anyone to indulge in forceful behaviour.

In a major reshuffle, the Uttar Pradesh Government yesterday transferred 12 IPS officers including, state DGP Javeed Ahmed.

Other IPS officers include Surya Kumar, Jawahar Lal Tripathi, Alok Prasad, Aditya Mishra, Bhavesh Kumar Singh, Vijay Kumar, Daljeet Singh, Alok Singh, Sanjay Singhal and Navneet Sikera.

(With ANI inputs)