Patna: Bihar has now a new chief of police after the sitting Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey took voluntary retirement from the service reportedly to pursue his political ambitions.

S K Singhal, a 1988-batch IPS officer, was appointed Bihar’s new DGP. He took charge in the presence of senior officials on Wednesday.

Engaging in the usual rhetoric every time a new DGP, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), or Superintendent of Police (SP) is appointed, Singhal went on to remind all other officers below him to tighten up their belt and get ready to assume responsibilities.

At his debut meeting with other senior officials, Singhal said that everyone in the police force from bottom all the way up to the top will have to share responsibility in maintaining law and order in the state and those who failed to do so will have to be ready to face consequences.

“In the past, the buck stopped with street cops, daroga, and inspectors. This practice is going to end now and everyone, irrespective of their titles, will have to share and assume responsibilities if we want to usher change in the system,” he said.

The DGP also reminded the police department to do everything in its might to enforce law and order in the state to reduce crime and enforce prohibition according to the laws laid out in the rules.

It may be recalled that Singhal first came into limelight when he, as the SP of Siwan in 1996, took criminal-turned-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin head on leading to his arrest and eventual conviction in a number of murder and arms cases that landed him in Delhi’s maximum security Tihar Jail.

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