UP police finds itself in embarrassing situation

India

12 Jan 2019

UP cop who died last month named in transfer list

In an embarrassing gaffe, the Uttar Pradesh police ended up including the name of a deceased police officer, Satya Narain Singh, in its latest list of officers to be transferred.

Singh, who had held the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), had passed away last month.

The police have issued an apology, and have promised stringent action.

Here are the details.

Details

The list was released on Friday

The list was released on Friday

On Friday, the UP police released its list of DSPs to be transferred, and Singh's name, unfortunately, featured in the list.

Reacting to the incident, UP Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh almost immediately took to Twitter to apologize for the error, and promised strict action against those responsible for the error.

READ: DGP OP Singh's tweet about the incident

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Social media generated mixed reactions over Singh's apology

The DGP's act of owning up to the error and promising action earned him a praise, as well as criticism on social media.

While some praised his honesty for owning up to the mistake, others lambasted him for the callousness with which the transfer list was prepared.

Meanwhile, others questioned why there were no mechanisms to prevent such errors from happening.

DGP OP Singh praised for his "character and conviction"

UP police lambasted over the incident

One Twitter user questions why efficient mechanisms are absent

Transfers

Only last month, the UP government had transferred 64 officers

Only last month, the UP government had transferred 64 officers

The incident comes on the back of a massive police reshuffle in UP last month.

In a major decision, the UP state government ordered the transfer of 64 IPS officers to new locations.

Among those transferred were 16 Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), including Vaibhav Krishna, who was made the new SSP Noida.

Krishna replaced Ajay Pal, who was transferred to Prayagraj.

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