Patna: The rather sudden and premature transfer of City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande to Araria has left Patna'ites scratching their heads in bewilderment and disappointment as several students' groups on Wednesday took out rallies against the government's decision while also demanding the withdrawal of his transfer order.
"Just when you thought that Patna was becoming safer under the dynamic leadership of Sir Lande, the government removed him from the city. This reeks of corruption and nepotism at the highest level and his transfer must be investigated so truth could come out before the public," said the protestors who also burnt an effigy of the Nitish government on Boring Road for issuing such order.
College girls were equally disappointed by the sudden turn of events.
"Sir Lande had become an iconic figure among the college girls in Patna. He not only responded to our phone calls whenever we were in trouble but also went after the eve-teasers in a ruthless way. Now we feel that we are not safe again anymore," said a JD Women's College student.
Dozens of girls, distraught by the news of Lande's transfer, arrived at his residence on Wednesday morning and urged him to stay in Patna. Lande, while assuring the girls that they had nothing to fear in the state capital, expressed his inability in satisfying their demand due to orders from the top.
Impressed by his style and conviction, girls were eager to get Lande's autograph to which the SP obliged them with patience and respect.
Lande, a 2006-batch officer, had arrived in Patna earlier this year.
Even Magadh Mahila College Principal Dr. Dolly Sinha sounded rather disappointed when she said that the students would definitely miss him as he had made them feel safe from the anti-social elements.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand said that Lande had to be transferred on 'technical grounds' – an argument that no one is buying.
Describing it as a promotion of sort for Lande, the DGP said that in Araria, the former Patna SP would be able to work independently as opposed to working under the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Patna.
Abhayanand also said that Lande's position will not be filled as the City SP of East and West Patna were capable of handling central part of the city as well.