20 October, 2020

'The New Chief Is Weak'

'The New Chief Is Weak'

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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