10 cops get transfer orders for partying in Guwahati breaking lockdown, curfew norms

Assam government on July 8 transferred 10 Guwahati Police personnel, including one deputy commissioner police, as a “disciplinary action for transfer” for taking part at a night party, violating the lockdown and curfew norms in Guwahati.

The action follows the instruction from Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna on July 7 who ordered Commissioner of Police, Guwahati to initiate an inquiry regarding the partying on the evening of July 6.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also holds the home portfolio, has ordered disciplinary action for transfer of several police officers.

“The department has initiated steps for transfer of one DCP, four ACPs, two OCs, two SIs and one ASI of the city police who took part in the party,” an official statement of the state government said.

The chief secretary, in the order while seeking a report and disciplinary proceedings against the personnel involved, said: “This reflects very poorly on the policemen and displays total disregard to orders under the Disaster Act,”

Earlier, Assam Police also initiated a probe into a few of their officers who “attended party with alcoholic beverages aboard a luxury cruise” during curfew hours and lockdown.

“It is also directed that policemen under your command may be directed to scrupulously follow orders issued by the government and not display actions which are detrimental to the rule of law,” said the order addressed to Commissioner of Police Munna Prasad Gupta.

Gupta said Joint Commissioner of Police Debaraj Upadhaya has been told to conduct an inquiry and submit the report.

The development has come at a time when many police personnel tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 900 in quarantine.

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