Lucknow, April 21: Sulkhan Singh, the senior most IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh, has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) by the Yogi Adityanath-led state government. Sulkhan Singh would replace Javeed Ahmed, the incumbent DGP of UP. The newly elected BJP regime has transferred more than 30 IAS  and 50 IPS officers after coming to power. Along with Ahmed, 11 other IPS officers were shuffled on Friday.

Sulkhan Singh, the 1980 batch IPS officer, would be heading the police department of Uttar Pradesh. He was currently posted in the Training Department of UP police.

Ahmed has now been appointed as the chief of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). Apart from Ahmed, senior police official Bhavesh Singh has been appointed as ADG, Intelligence, whereas, Aditya Mishra was elevated as ADG, Law & Order.

Ahead of the elections, the BJP had vowed to take stern steps to improve law and order in the city. The replacement of Ahmed was expected after the Samajwadi Party regime was ousted in the recently held polls.

Ahmed, 56, was appointed as the DGP of Uttar Pradesh in January 2016, after the then incumbent police chief Jagmohan Yadav retired. Unlike his predecessor, Ahmed’s tenure as the police chief did not come to an end due to his age. The senior IPS still has four more years of service left.

Interestingly, Ahmed was the second Muslim police chief appointed by the Samajwadi Party government in its tenure. Earlier, Rizwan Ahmed served as the DGP from January 1, to February 28, 2014. The appointment of Ahmed as the DGP was opposed by BJP, which was then in the Opposition. The party had accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of “superseding 15 senior officers” by appointing Ahmed as the DGP. The decision was taken to “appease” the Muslim vote bank, the BJP had alleged.

Although Ahmed’s appointment in 2016 was politicised by either sides, the top police official has been hailed throughout his career for the service rendered by him. He was awarded with the police medal by President in 2000. Subsequently, he was elevated to the rank of DIG, whereas, in 2005, he was appointed as the IG.