Kerala police official shifted, opposition cries foul

March 26th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 26 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has come under attack from the opposition for frequently shifting a senior police official, considered by many as an upright officer. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Rishiraj Singh, recently posted as special officer to tackle illicit liquor menace in the state, has now been given charge of VVIP security.

While the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) criticized Achuthanandan for shunting the IGP out to the new post, the chief minister defended the action.

“He has been given a very responsible job which will include the entire security arrangements of VVIP visitors. It is wrong to conclude that he was shifted for other reasons,” he told reporters here.

However, UDF convenor P.P. Thankachen said everyone knows that he has been shifted because he was doing a good job of cleaning up the illicit liquor lobby.

“Is it not quite clear that the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M)-led government is supported by the illicit liquor lobby. Of late, this officer has been very tough on those in the trade who have close links with the CPI-M. And when he crossed the limits, he was booted out,” Thankachen told reporters.

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