20 October, 2020

'The New Chief Is Weak'

'The New Chief Is Weak'
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FORMER Punjab DGP and tough cop Julio Ribeiro says taking on terrorists in K.P.S. Gill's inimitable style may have brought peace but it also left the Punjab Police in a state of disarray. And that the replacement of DGP O.P. Sharma is one of the "biggest blunders" that may spell fresh trouble for a state that has seen enough of it.

"They made the biggest blunder by shifting Sharma. He was straightforward, professional and a gentleman. Gill had his own ways, all right for war, but in peace time they could cause a heavy backlash. It shouldn't be a situation where police terror is so bad that people want terrorists back,"says Ribeiro. Sharma, he claims, had done a lot to change the image of policemen who ran amuck during Gill's tenure. Criticising political interference—something that could set back the clock in Punjab—Ribeiro says: "Unfortunately there was a lot of pressure on Sharma to transfer those policemen back. And now they have replaced him, choosing caste as a consideration for his successor."

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