Jalandhar: Sycophancy, Yes Boss! If pleasing your boss was your wish, then a look at Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla’s skill at ‘sycophancy’ could surely offer a good solution.
In what could be termed as sheer adulation, Arpit Shukla inaugurated a renovated park named after Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Suresh Arora in the Police Lines Jalandhar. The park was inaugurated on Monday.
Titled ‘Sh Suresh Arora Park’, it has been developed and maintained by Jalandhar’s based industrialists from Ambika Forging, a hand tool unit.
A brainchild of Arpit Shukla, the foundation stone of the park was laid by him in the presence of police cops. It is for the first time that a park was named after a DGP, who was still serving.
Sources said that the development took place at a time, when the new Punjab government was all set to come into power after the declaration of assembly election results on March 11. It was expected that post the formation of new government, major reshuffle would take place in the administrative and police force, hence the move.
Interestingly, while the past one year witnessed a spate in crime in the city, Shukla remained busy in Public Relations activities in the city.
From the high profile shooting incident of senior RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd), to foreign exchange dealer Anil Kumar Billa, who was shot dead in broad daylight and a youth Rimpal was shot dead in the local Dhobi Ghat locality, all these cases remains unsolved.
While RSS leader Gagneja’s case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The other two cases were still unsolved. Besides this, petty crime was the order of the day in the city.
Though many cops in Jalandhar Commissionerate preferred to ‘appreciate’ the naming of the park, towing the line of their boss, others kept mum over the development, hinting that ‘Boss is always right’.
However, naming the park after DGP Suresh Arora did not go down well with the residents, who termed this as an act of adulation. “The city was witnessing a spate in shooting incidents, gang wars and murders and the Commissioner of Police was busy pleasing his boss. We have seen politicians indulging in sycophancy but it was for the first time that a Police Commissioner has acted in this manner,” said a group of women.
Embarrassed, CP now decides to rename it Martyrs’ Park
Chandigarh: While inaugurating “Sh Suresh Arora Park” in Jalandhar Police Lines on Monday, the Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla would have no idea that his gesture to gratify the Director General of Police will invite a major embarrassment not only for him but also for the top cop of the state.
Stung, the Commissioner on Tuesday evening launched a damage control exercise with also deciding to remove the DGP’s name and convert it into the ‘Martyrs’ Park.’
Initially, Shukla was finding no glitch in opening a park on the name of the DGP, stating that the top cop had served Jalandhar as SSP in past and also made huge contributions in the welfare of the state police during the past one year as the top cop of the state.
The scene got totally changed by the evening after the matter reached in the knowledge of the Suresh Arora. Getting the directions from him, Shukla called up Daily Post to explain his position.
Though he termed that there was no wrong in his move, he admitted that the gesture invited embarrassment for him as well as the DGP.
“After the matter took a nasty turn with some people projecting it in a negative way, we have decided to take back our earlier decision which was in fact taken by the Jalandhar Police with unanimity. The park that was inaugurated as “Sh Suresh Arora Park” will now be renamed as Martyrs’ Park,” revealed Shukla.
Notably, Shukla got victimised at the hands of his own colleagues. Immediately after the news of “Sh Suresh Arora Park” reached with them, they projected it his gesture to gratify the DGP, with also mentioning that Shukla was top cop’s blue-eyed boy. Shukla, however, rubbished the allegation, saying, “I did it with right intentions only. Moreover, earlier too there were buildings in the names of our former state police chiefs including K P S Gill.”
It is pertinent to mention that Shukla stirred up a hornet’s nest just three days before the election results. And if one goes through the history, the state has always seen a major reshuffle in police administration with the formation of new government.
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