J&K police chief SP Vaid removed

J&K police chief SP Vaid removed
SP Vaid (file)
SRINAGAR, Sep 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 11:55:24 AM IST

SP Vaid, former Director General of the J&K Police has been transferred out of office, following kidnappings of close relatives of ten personnel of the J&K Police who were abducted by militants on September 1. Even as the relatives of the police personnel were later released, the situation raised an alarm throughout the valley, and left the top brass of the police embarrassed.

Vaid, a 1986 batch IPS officer, has been posted as Transport Commissioner J&K, headquartered in Jammu. DGP Prisons, Dilbagh Singh will take his place till a new appointment is made. Vaid served as Director General of the J&K police from March 2016, until now.

Vaid has served as Special DGP (Coordination, Law and Order) and as DGP Prisons before serving at the helm of the J&K Police.

Following the crisis on September 1, Vaid’s transfer was considered imminent as it occurred within days of the new J&K Governor, Satya Pal Malik taking charge of the state which has been under Governor’s rule since June 20, this year. According to the J&K Police, 24 policemen have been killed in the valley this year; many not on active duty.

Omar says there was no hurry to replace Vaid 

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has criticised the timing of changing the state DGP, saying there was no hurry to replace S P Vaid and the state police could do without having to deal with the confusion of leadership. The state government removed Vaid as the DGP late Thursday night and handed the charge to DG Prisons Dilbagh Singh till a permanent appointment is made.

“There was no hurry to replace @spvaid. He should have been changed only when a permanent arrangement had been worked out. @JmuKmrPolice has enough problems without having to deal with confusion of leadership,” Omar wrote on Twitter soon after the government announced Vaid’s removal. “Changing the DG is the prerogative of the administration but why a DG as a temporary arrangement? The current DG won’t know if he’s going to stay & others who would like his job will be trying to replace him. None of this is good for @JmuKmrPolice,” Omar said. The outgoing DGP thanked the police department, other security agencies and the people for their support during his tenure as the top cop of the state. “I’m thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to serve my people and my country. I’m grateful to @JmuKmrPolice, security agencies, and people of J&K for their support and their faith in me. My best wishes to the new DGP,” Vaid wrote on Twitter.


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