Dinkar Gupta on Thursday took over the baton of the Punjab Police with the promise of providing a safe and secure environ to the citizens of the state, while listing counter-terrorism as the top priority for the force.Dinkar, who formally took charge as DGP from Suresh Arora at a simple ceremony at the Punjab Police headquarters here, said he would try to carry forward the commendable work done by Arora, in line with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s vision to make Punjab free from drugs and gangsters.Declaring zero tolerance against drug abuse during his first meeting with officers, Dinkar Gupta said he would implement DAPO and Buddy programmes in letter and in spirit. While appreciating the hard work of the police personnel, he said Punjab Police was a brave force, which he was proud to lead.Describing Arora as the best officer of Punjab Police, Dinkar Gupta said the former DGP was a humble human being and a meticulous officer. The force was grateful to have had such a dynamic leader, who had served the stare with distinction, said the new DGP.
Gupta said during the tenure of Arora, Punjab Police had cracked down on organized criminal gangs, neutralizing as many 51 gangs with the arrest of 255 gang members. Under Arora’s leadership, Punjab Police had busted 24 terrorist modules, arrested 115 terrorists, and recovered 06 AK47/AK56/AK74 rifles, 04 other rifles and 65 revolvers/pistols.DGP Arora had always remained in close touch with his men, interacting with them through Samparak Sabhas, personal hearings and direct SMS messages, said Gupta.Speaking on the occasion, Arora advised the men to always listen to the grievances of the citizens and try to alleviate their sufferings.During the farewell ceremony, police personnel also presented guard of honour to Dinkar Gupta and Suresh Arora. Among others present on the occasion were Hardeep Singh Dhillon, MK Tiwari, VK Bhawra (all DGPs) and other senior officers posted at the police headquarters.