A day after the new Director General of Police, Indra Dev Shukla, IPS, took charge, his office has issued an uncharacteristic order cancelling all transfers of police officers issued since November 18, which is a day after the date when the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the order transferring the outgoing DGP Mukesh Kumar Meena back to Delhi.
No reasons were assigned for the abrupt order issued on Wednesday but Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Abhishek Dhania, IPS, who issued the order said the cancellation of transfers will take immediate effect and those who have taken their new postings should revert back to their original positions prior to November 18 and comply by evening.
"The transferred officers to take their original place of posting and submit compliance report today, i.e. 24.11.2021 by 16.00 hrs," Dhania said in the order.
Dhania also said that the order is issued with the approval of the Police Employment Board (PEB).
Shukla took charge as DGP on Tuesday and is no stranger to either to the State or its police force. He is originally an officer of the Goa police and has returned after two decades of services as an IPS officer outside the State.
Wednesday's order cancelling transfers in the last week of the tenure of his predecessor Meena, according to several senior officers appears to be an attempt by Shukla to stamp his authority as head of the gigantic force particularly with the sensitive task of managing law and order and related issues during the upcoming elections due in February-March next year.
During his nearly 16-year tenure before moving out of the State on promotion to the IPS cadre, Shukla has worked in various geographical areas in the rank of DySP and SP. In that tenure he has brushed shoulders with several of the officers currently in senior ranks in the force as also some of the older politicians.