Guwahati, June 21: After removing Rupin Sharma as the Director General of Police (DGP) on Wednesday, the Nagaland Government is contemplating taking disciplinary action against him for allegedly “orchestrating a campaign” using State police and public, with protests and signature campaigns, to extend his tenure as the State police chief.
Sharma, who has been put on compulsory wait, refuted the allegations, saying, “I have nothing to do with this campaign.”
Social media has been flooded with photos and messages in support of Sharma, referring to him as “the People’s DGP”.
Beside the public, a section of the state police had initiated a signature campaign to demand that the 1992-batch IPS officer be allowed to continue as DGP.
Calling it “attempts to engineer a mutiny among the state police”, a senior State Government official, on condition of anonymity, said the Government has been “advised to initiate disciplinary proceedings”.
The State Government said the campaign was orchestrated.
“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,” Temjen Toy, Nagaland chief secretary said
He noted that the campaign was launched “at a time when the state was grappling with issues arising on account of violent attacks on armed forces”.
This official quoted earlier explained how the State Government was “disappointed” on how an administrative decision to appoint the DGP, a prerogative of the State Government, has become “a matter of public debate and discussion”. (HT)