John Longkumer to be next DGP Nagaland
Kohima, June 15: The Government of Nagaland has finally managed to convince the Central Government to remove incumbent Director General of Police (DGP) Rupin Sharma.
Sources said Sharma will be replaced by John Longkumer, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Chhattisgarh.
Nagaland Government has been asking the Union Government for a new DGP citing Sharma’s inexperience in administration. Whereas many think that the incumbent DGP is most efficient to run the affairs of the Police Department in the State when the Department is facing massive irregularities.
One key reason for the Government wanting to remove the incumbent DGP, sources said, is that Sharma is unlikely to toe the line of the politicians.
The latest move by the Centre to replace Sharma has come against the backdrop of Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and his Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton meeting Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
The Police Department has been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons, including the infamous backdoor appointments, which was never addressed by the Government despite hue and cry from various quarters. The Department was also famous for misappropriation of funds under Police Modernization Programme, MKR Pillai scandal, non-payment and irregularities in the payment of benefits to police personnel, etc.
With the coming of Sharma as DGP there was visibility of change in the Police Department and there has been huge support from the masses, except the politicians, who have different reasons why the incumbent DGP should pack his bag and leave.
With the latest move, anti-graft activists and masses have strongly condemned the move of the State Government and expressed strong apprehension that politicians wanted to have a puppet DGP in the Department.
The decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs to replace Sharma has come as a surprise to majority of the populace who are frustrated with the degree of corruption taking place in the State.
Earlier the Naga People’s Front (NPF) had also written to the Centre to replace Sharma. In April last year, NPF party president and then chief minister Dr Shuhrozelie Liezietsu wrote to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for the deputation of Lungriading for another three years, since Doungel was up for retirement in February 2018. Subsequently, in October, former Chief Minister, T.R. Zeliang wrote to the home minister for the inter-cadre deputation of Lungriading on the grounds that he is a native of Nagaland and would be well versed with the local issues.
Chief Minister, Rio had also written to the Centre seeking the ouster of Sharma – a super cop who was instrumental in gangster Abu Salem’s extradition to India in 2005 – on the grounds that his “experience of serving the State is very limited”.
In a letter to Rajnath on March 24 last, the Chief Minister stated that appointment of Sharma was a “stop gap arrangement” after the deputation of the former DGP L. Doungel, a 1987 West Bengal cadre IPS officer, ended in November last year. He said that the State lacked senior officers and that Sharma “does not possess the requisite experience” to be posted as a DGP since he only served as SP for one year in Peren district.
Home Minister, Y. Patton and Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy also wrote to the Union Government for replacement of Sharma.
A 1992 batch IPS officer of the Nagaland cadre, Sharma comes with a rich and diverse experience of working in both the State as well as internationally. A super cop, Sharma was instrumental in gangster Abu Salem’s extradition from Portugal in 2005. A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team led by Sharma, he was then serving as an assistant director of the agency; had intercepted an email from Salem in May 2002 and traced his location to Portugal.
Sharma has served on an overseas mission in Kosovo.
According to a circular issued by the MHA in September last year, an IPS officer can serve for only nine years on inter-state deputation and a second tenure cannot be in the home State.
Sharma is known as an upright officer whose work as DG prisons has earned him much appreciation.
Some Naga social activists had written to the Centre not to replace DGP Sharma.
One source said some people might organize a protest rally at Police Headquarters on Monday in protest against Centre’s decision to replace DGP Sharma. (Page News Service)