Will take charge as next DGP Nagaland
Kohima, June 22: Additional Director General of Police (Rail) of Chhattisgarh, T John Longkumer is all set to take charge as the next Director General of Police, Nagaland, after getting the Centre’s approval for his inter-state deputation to Nagaland.
A 1991 batch officer, Longkumer has served as IG Surguja and other crucial assignments in Chhattisgarh.
The Government of Nagaland had on June 20 put incumbent DGP, Rupin Sharma on ‘compulsory wait’ and appointed Renchamo P Kikon, IPS to take current charge of DGP Nagaland from June 20.
In a letter to the Government of Chhattisgarh, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the Chhattisgarh Government to release T. John Longkumer, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) and let him report to Government of Nagaland.
The letter dated 21st June 2018 signed by Anhan Sarkar, Under Secretary to the Government of India to the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh stated that he has been directed to refer to the Government of Chhattisgarh letter 1-17/2018 dated 14th May 2018 to convey the approval of Competent Authority for inter-cadre deputation of Longkumer from Chhattisgarh to Nagaland for a period of three years on administrative ground.
“The Government of Chhattisgarh is therefore requested to relieve the officer immediately with the directions to report to Government of Nagaland. The date of relieving of the officer may be intimated to this ministry for records” the letter stated.
The removal of Rupin Sharma as DGP by the Government of Nagaland has been strongly opposed by concerned citizens and anti-graft activists in Nagaland. People had come out on the street seeking his retention as DGP. A signature campaign was also undertaken seeking his retention.
Apart from keeping ousted DGP, Rupin Sharma in ‘compulsory waiting’, the State Government is reportedly contemplating disciplinary action against him allegedly for “orchestrating a campaign with protest and signature campaigns to extend his tenure.”
“It was an informed decision on the basis of inputs received from agencies that he (Sharma) was responsible for creating the hype on social media and also engineering protests not only by public but members of the forces that led to a serious likelihood of breakdown of law and order,” a Hindustan Times report quoted State Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy as having said.
The State Government, which has promised to bring changes, has been facing severe criticism from people over the manner in which it is handling the DGP since it was first reported in Nagaland Page on June 16.
Neither Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio nor Deputy CM, Y. Patton has come out to clarify the doubts on why they wanted DGP Sharma to go. (Page News Service)