John Longkumer arrives to take charge as State police chief

John Longkumer arrives to take charge as State police chief

Kohima, June 26: Finally a new Director General of Police (DGP) has arrived in Nagaland after much hue and cry over retention of acting DGP, Rupin Sharma by anti-graft activists.
Additional DGP Chhattisgarh, T. John Longkumer who has been deputed to Nagaland for three years by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today landed in the State to take charge as DGP.
The State Government is yet to officially announce the appointment of the new DGP but the new incumbent is expected to take the charge soon.
Sharma who was given additional charge of DGP “as a stop gap arrangement” received much support from the anti-corruption activists during his brief period as the Police chief. He has been placed under “compulsory wait” by the State Government.
Earlier Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, Home Minister, Y. Patton and the NPF had written letters to the Centre for replacement of Sharma for his inefficient administration.
But the crux of the matter for anti-corruption activists was that Sharma could not be remote controlled by the people who are in the helms of affair and that those people wanted that he (Sharma) should go by hook or by crook.
Over the years corruption has piled up in the Police Department and the Government has failed to clean the mess. But with the coming of Sharma as DGP there was ray of hope for many people, including staff and personnel of the Department.
The Government has not pacified the agitators on why Sharma should go, and what changes could be brought about in the Police Department by the Government? Silence of the Government has generated much apprehension among the people.
A retired officer of PHQ said list of irregularities and corruption would run into pages if the Government can compiled them. He said there are lots of things which have not been unfolded by the Government. Few instances are like misappropriation of funds under Police Modernization programme, MKR Pillai scandal, massive backdoor appointment, which is attributed to Home Minister Patton, irregular payment of benefits to police personnel, etc.
Another reason why some people wanted to retain Sharma as Police chief was no confidence on local officers as past records have shown. (Page News Service)