Assam Police Constable Om Prakash Singh Suspended
Guwahati, Assam – October 31, 2023: In a swift follow-up to Assam Director-General of Police (DGP) GP Singh’s stern warning against police personnel consuming alcohol while on duty, a constable has been suspended.
The official order from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Guwahati Police District, confirms the immediate suspension of UBC/1218 Om Prakash Singh of Fatasil Ambari PS.
Details of the Official Order
The order, dated October 29, 2023, cites “gross misconduct and dereliction of duty” as the reasons for Om Prakash Singh’s suspension. The decision was made following a report submitted by Inspector Satish Sahoo, Officer-in-Charge of Fatasil Ambari PS. The suspended constable will continue to draw his Subsistence Allowance (S.A.) during the suspension period, as per the order.
DGP’s Zero Tolerance Policy
This action comes on the heels of a tweet by DGP GP Singh, who had expressed zero tolerance towards police personnel found inebriated while on duty or in uniform. A video had gone viral on social media, showing a police personnel and a driver inside a police vehicle consuming liquor. The DGP took note of the video and promised the “most severe lawfully permissible departmental action.”
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Public Reaction and Future Implications
The suspension has been largely welcomed by the public, who view it as a positive step towards greater accountability within the Assam Police force. However, it also serves as a stark reminder that stringent measures are needed to ensure that all officers adhere to the high standards of professionalism and conduct expected of them.
The Assam Police Department has promptly suspended the accused constable, reinforcing DGP GP Singh’s commitment to maintaining discipline and integrity within the force. As the departmental enquiry is pending, it remains to be seen what further actions will be taken.