Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Rajiv Singh (left) has been given the charge of DGP

Agartala: Soon after the removal of Tripura’s health, science and technology minister Sudip Roy Barman for his alleged ‘anti party activities’ the state government sent Director General of Police (DGP) Akhil Kumar Shukla on long leave for 70 days.

A notification issued on Friday by deputy secretary of general administration (personnel & training) Animesh Das said, “DGP Shukla was sanctioned ‘earned leave’ of 70 days from June 1 to August 9 along with permission to leave the station.”

The notification also read that the DGP is likely to return to his post and station on expiry of leave, till when Additional DGP (law and order) Rajiv Singh would hold additional charge of his office.

A senior officer from the chief minister’s office (CMO) on condition of anonymity informed that the DGP was sent on leave due to failure of the law and order machinery in the state under his watch.

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“All recent administrative decisions including transfers were taken to ensure optimum output as per priorities of the government,” the CMO official added.

Earlier, chief secretary LK Gupta was transferred and posted as director general of State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (SIPARD) on May 24, which is essentially a demotion and is considered a punishment transfer. Eleven other IAS officers, two IPS officers and two officials of the Tripura Civil Services (TCS) were also transferred along with the DGP.

A source from the state secretariat informed that the government is committed to welfare of the people. They have some reports the government officials are doing their jobs against the priorities of the government. So they were transferred.

CM Biplab Kumar Deb expressed discontent about the role of some officials during campaigning for Lok Sabha elections and said that people from his own party hatched conspiracies against him. “I will not mention their names because their name will automatically be revealed after a few days. People of the state supported us and they are supporting us all along despite these treacheries,” he said and warned that his party would soon take action against such leaders.

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