SRINAGAR: Taking charge as J&K Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh on Friday said that his priority will be to stamp out “terrorism” from the state.
“My priority as of now is to deal with terrorism firmly, while protecting the interests of innocent common 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 today, to have a brief on the ground situation and our priorities,” he said soon after taking over the new assignment of police chief.
Singh took over as the new DGP on Friday after his predecessor SP Vaid, caught in a verbal duel with the new state administration, was shunted out and posted as Transport Commissioner in Jammu on Thursday night.
Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer from the state, took over as the new police chief at a simple ceremony. He continues to hold the charge of Director-General (Prisons).
The 55-year-old Singh, 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.
Singh said the task is daunting but he is sure the Jammu and Kashmir police will pass all tests with flying colours.
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 duty for all of us to take it to greater heights,” he said.
Singh, during his tenure as Director General of Prisons, streamlined many things, including the removal of hardened militants from Kashmir jails.
He will have regular appointment only after his name is cleared by the UPSC.
His predecessor, SP Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was unceremoniously removed as police chief late Thursday night. It was believed that the reason behind the sudden development was continuous friction over interference in the police work by the state’s bureaucracy.
Vaid has been shifted as Transport Commissioner, a post which was held by Saugat Biswas, a 2006-IAS officer. The post has been upgraded from Additional Secretary to the rank of Secretary. It will be headquartered in Jammu.
Before demitting office, Vaid expressed satisfaction that he was able to serve the people of the state.
“I’m thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to serve my people and my country. I’m grateful to police, security agencies, and people of the state for their support and their faith in me. My best wishes to the new DGP,” Vaid said.
“My only concern is the youth who are dying and unnecessary loss of human life. The sooner it ends, the better it would be,” he said.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah criticised the timing of changing the state DGP, saying there was no hurry to replace Vaid and the state police could do without having to deal with the confusion about leadership.
However, officials in the know said that Dilbag Singh would continue as Director General of Police and all necessary formalities including seeking permission from the UPSC was being taken.
On Friday, Dilbagh Singh met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan. He briefed the Governor about the internal security situation and important matters relating to law and order challenges.
The Governor discussed with him various issues relating to welfare of police personnel and their families, particularly housing needs. He wished Singh a successful tenure and urged him to keep public interest foremost in discharge of his duty.