Indore: Officers come and go and city residents rarely react to the usual departmental transfer proceedings but this time around the shunting of Deputy Inspector General of Police Santosh Kumar Singh, who has spent one and half years here, has not gone down well with many residents.
Apart from individual reactions, which are against the government decision to transfer Singh, traders and residents of Sirpur area of the city took out a rally on Wednesday against his transfer. A section of the traders also downed shutters of their shops in protest. Some Congress workers also took out a rally from Bada Ganpati to protest against Singh’s transfer.
On Tuesday night, the transfers of Additional Director General of Police Vipin Maheshwari, Singh, and five other senior officers were announced.
DAVV former registrar R D Musalgaonkar, while talking with Free Press, said that Singh is a very efficient and sensitive officer. He was alert enough to have posted patrolling teams at both the campuses of the DAVV to ensure that nothing untoward happens there, Musalgaonkar added. “Our girl students particularly used to feel safe due to the posting of women police at the campuses,” he said.
Padmashri Bhalu Mondhe told Free Press that Singh played a sterling role in checking the crime graph in the city. Only recently five students, including a girl, got lost in Kajligarh jungle and Singh stepped in to ensure that staff from Simrol police station managed to locate them within two and half hours and get them back to their homes.
Padmashir TG Kutti Menon was of the opinion that there was definitely a reduction in chain snatching incidents and of duping of elderly women by anti-socials posing as policemen. While noting that there was an increase in police patrolling at various cross roads for the past one year, he wondered why Singh has been transferred so soon.
DAVV journalism department head Jayant Sonwalkar echoed the sentiments of others while praising Singh for bringing about a reduction in crime. Sonwalkar pointed that the DIG had a different style of functioning and maintained direct contact with people. Earlier, Sanjeev Shami, IPS, used to function in the same fashion, he added.
Social activist Priyanshu Jain, while stressing that DIG Singh should not be transferred, said that he always reacted quickly on complaints, instructed officials concerned and checked on the progress of the case with them even if it was not a serious crime. She said that recently her team had caught some ducks in Rau and wanted to relocate them to Sirpur lake and on seeking help from Singh he instructed the staff at the police station concerned to help us out.
“We had the chance of meeting him (Singh) three times and he always listened to our problems patiently and got them solved,” said Sanand Nyas director Jayant Bhise. The extensive patrolling in the night had kept thieves and other anti-socials in check, he added.
DIG’s LINE OF ACTION
- First on agenda after taking charge as DIG on May 20, 2015 – sought list of anti-socials to take care that they do not continue with their activities
- Surprise inspections of police station and action against truant staff
- Terminating policemen caught taking bribe and also taking action against the town inspector concerned
- Instructions for regular patrolling and checking to all staff
- Strict action against and stopping of youths racing with bikes on BRTS in the night
- Praising and rewarding officers and subordinate staff doing good work
Patrolling in Tilak Nagar was being carried out regularly on the instructions of DIG Singh due to which crime was reduced and people developed faith in police force.
Madhubala Barve, Homemaker
Intensive patrolling in the night in various parts of the city had started making people, particularly elderly, safe.
Jyotirmay Das, Retd telecom engineer
DIG Singh used to keep watch on information provided through social media and took necessary action too.
Kapil Shakalya, Working Professional
Women had started feeling safe even at night due to the night patrolling thanks to DIG Singh. He should not be shunted out.
Anjali Jain, Software Engineer