A Week After Naresh Kumar’s Shifting, Ishwar Singh Appointed As Punjab’s Additional DGP

A week after Naresh Kumar was shifted from the post, the Punjab government on has appointed senior police officer Ishwar Singh, a 1993-batch IPS officer, as the additional DGP (Director General of Police) law and order. Ishwar Singh was appointed the new Vigilance Bureau Chief of Punjab in January this year by then Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi in the erstwhile Congress govt. The IPS officer worked mainly in the Law and Order wing during the Akali and Congress regimes, including the tenure of DGPs Dinkar Gupta and Suresh Arora. 

The official appointment letter reads, “Ishwar Singh, IPS Additional Director General of Police is hereby posted as ADGP Law & Order, Punjab, Chandigarh on administrative grounds.” On the other hand, the Punjab government appointed 1993-batch IPS officer Varinder Kumar to fill in Mr Singh’s position as the chief director of the Vigilance Bureau. 

Renowned Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moose Wala, whose murder has triggered massive outrage over the law and order situation in the border state, was shot dead at a time when Punjab had no law and order incharge. The position had been lying vacant for the last 7 days after Naresh Kumar, the previous ADGP, was shifted.

Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, Sunday. He was taken to the hospital with critical bullet injuries but was declared dead on arrival. The tragic incident occurred a day after the Punjab government scaled down his security cover and that of 420 others as a part of their ‘crackdown against VIP culture’. Moreover, the sensitive security list was also made public by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on their social media pages. The opposition has been continuously slamming the AAP govt for not only scaling down the securities of the VIPs, but publicising it. The Punjab and Haryana HC, on Monday, asked the state’s AAP government that why the names of those who had lost their security details were leaked. The HC has asked the government to reply by June 2.

The opposition has lashed out at the AAP government for a poster shared on the party’s Twitter handle that mentioned Moose Wala and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh while announcing the security downgrade with the caption, “Another attack on VVIP culture in Punjab”. The critics and the opposition parties have been saying that the move made those individuals vulnerable to attack.

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