Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has retired prematurely 147 police officials in the state, including three deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) following screening of the entire police force during the past six months.

The screening was ordered following the recommendations of the high-powered committee headed by Mr. R. V. Subramanian, former Adviser to the Punjab Governor.

In addition to the premature retirement of the 147 officials, the State Government has dismissed from service 32 officials under the relevant provisions of article 311 (2) (A) (B) of the Constitution. This clause authorizes the Government to dismiss a person without an inquiry in the interest of the security of the State.

Besides the three DSPs, those who have been retired prematurely include five inspectors, 23 sub inspectors, 49 assistant sub inspectors, 30 head constables and 37 constables.

The charges against them range from alleged connivance with Sikh Youth to inefficiency, bad service record, and corruption. Those who have been dismissed from service include one ASI, eight head constables, and 23 constables.

The screening of the police officials was done by a committee consisting of senior police officials from the State police headquarters and the concerned range DIG. A number of affected police officials have put in their appeals against the order.

Earlier, the services of two IPS officers of the State, Mr. Simranjit Singh Mann and Mr. Ajaipal Singh were terminated by the Government during the past one year.

Meanwhile, according to informed sources, the screening of civil officials which was also ordered by the Government is not reported to have made much headway yet.

Article extracted from this publication >>  July 5, 1985