Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Senior IPS officer left in limbo?

First Published : 16 Mar 2010 05:29:00 AM IST
HYDERABAD: Three days after the State Government issued orders posting Vinoy Kumar Singh as chief of the anti-Naxalite Greyhounds, a sudden turn of events overnight has left the senior IPS officer in limbo.
It now appears that IPS officer Anjani Kumar, who was heading Greyhounds till the Government recently issued orders posting him as IG (Law and Order), may continue as IGP, Greyhounds.
According to sources, Director General of Police RR Girish Kumar is said to have recommended the name of VK Singh, who was working as IG, Training, for the post of IG, Greyhounds.
It is learnt that VK Singh, asked to assume the new post immediately, promptly handed over charge to his senior and Additional DGP Kode Durgaprasad this morning.
But even as he was leaving the office (of IG Training) and was about to proceed to the Greyhounds office to assume charge, he reportedly received a message saying Anjani Kumar was likely to continue as Greyhounds chief and that he need not join.
It is reliably learnt that the DGP himself was taken aback at the development.
As for VK Singh, he left for home as he was now neither in the Training Wing nor Greyhounds.
It was during Singh’s stewardship earlier in Bihar of the State Task Force (STF), once considered the most elite force in the country, that hardcore criminals and Naxalites were ``neutralised’’.
He had also worked as Group Commander (operations) in the Greyhounds previously and it was on the basis of this track record that the DGP recommended his name for the post of IG, Greyhounds.
VK Singh has been working with the the Training wing of the State police for the last three years.
When asked what went wrong at the last minute, sources feigned ignorance

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