AGARTALA, June 2 - Keeping his words of taking stern against those who had hatched conspiracies against the BJP-led Government in Tripura would be punished, Director General of Police (DGP) AK Sukla on Saturday night was forced to go on leave for 70 days with immediate effect at the behest of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
The drastic action came in the backdrop of shunting out of Chief Secretary LK Gupta and sacking of Health and Family Welfare Minister Sudip Roy Barman during the past few days. In fact, the punitive actions have left some Ministers, top bureaucrats and police officials in a jittery.
In a late night notification, it was officially stated that DGP Akhil Kumar Shukla on Saturday afternoon left the State on seventy (70) days earned leave from June 1 to August 13.
Official sources said that during the absence of the DGP, the charges of DGP would be looked after by the Additional DGP (Law and Order), Rajiv Singh.
Singh, who was Joint Director of CBI based at Kolkata, had joined the State police as Addl DGP (Law and Order) four month prior to the Lok Sabha elections. However, he had to be removed from the post following instruction from the Election Commission of India (ECI) for dereliction of election duty.