Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Government today
shunted Police Chief Vikram Singh to head the Home Guards and
appointed Karamvir Singh as new Director General of Uttar
Vikram, a 1974 batch IPS officer, was handed over the
marching orders late last night. The outgoing chief, who will
retire in May next year, was shifted today to join as Director
General of Home Guards.
Vikram was succeeded by Singh, a 1975-batch IPS officer,
who returned to the state last week after a successful tenure
as head of CRPF operating in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
The 58-year-old officer, who takes over the reins of the
police force in the most populated state, was also
instrumental in ensuring peaceful Parliamentary and Assembly
polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
The transfer order of Vikram came amid strong criticism
of the increasing crime rate in the state which witnessed
violence and arson at the residence of UPCC chief Rita
Bahuguna Joshi allegedly by BSP workers here in July.
Both Congress and Samajwadi Party launched agitations
against the Mayawati government especially on the law and
After taking over, Singh told reporters that his priority
will be to improve the efficiency of the force.