Srinagar:  The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday transferred state Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid with immediate effect. Vaid has been replaced by Director General of Police (Prisons) Dilbagh Singh,  a 1987 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre. Singh would hold the charge of DGP in addition to his own duties, till a regular arrangement is made.

“In the interest of administration the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect, Dr S.P. Vaid, IPS (JK: 1986), DGP, J-K is transferred and his services are placed at the disposal of General Administration Department for further posting as Transport Commissioner, J-K,” reads an order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir government civil secretariat home department.

Notably, the announcement of the transfer came days after a terrorist’s father was released in exchange for kidnapped family members of the state’s policemen.

Earlier, reports were rife that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was not happy with the state police and was considering a rejig. The Home Ministry, however, denied these reports and said, “On more than one occasion, MHA has commended the work done by J-K police and the valiant sacrifices made by the men and officers of J-K police. There is no question of any dissatisfaction.”

Vaid also brushed aside this report saying that the state police has been fighting a proxy war for decades and any speculative reporting, which can affect the morale of the cops, should be avoided.

(With inputs from agencies)