The Hush Post: Missing the public grievances redressal meeting has cost a lady IPS officer dear in Haryana. Issuing transfer orders of Sangeeta Kalia, SP, Panipat, the Haryana Government has now posted her as Commandant, 1st IRB, Bhondsi (Gurugram). Manbir Singh has now been posted in her place.
Kalia was shifted to Panipat from Fatehabad two years ago after an argument at a grievances redressal meeting with Health Minister Anil Vij. In 2015, the officer was moved out of Fatehabad after a public spat ensued between the minister and the police officer pertaining to illegal sale of liquor. Kalia had shouted at a complainant for complaining to the minister. When she was asked to leave by the minister, she stayed on but the minister stormed out after heated verbal exchange with the officer. After the incident, the minister and the officer did not come face to face with each other.
The minister said the officer had skipped his grievances redressal meetings thrice in a row and so he lodged a complaint with the chief minister. “This was the first time I was forced to complain to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar because work was suffering on account of her absence. When she skipped the first meeting and the second, I gave her the benefit of doubt because an officer can have some other engagements. This time, however, I realised it was adversely impacting work and sending a wrong signal,” he told The Tribune.
Kalia had joined the police force in 2010 and had said in one of the interviews then that she was inspired to join the force by a very famous TV serial ‘Udaan’ in which a village girl belonging to a farmer’s family becomes an IPS officer and fights back the feudal structure. Born and bread in Bhiwani, her father worked as a carpenter in the police department and retired in the same year she joined the force. Considered a sincere and honest officer, she has solved many murder and rape cases in Fatehabad and speeded up the construction work on the mahila police station there.
Seven other officers have been transferred.
KK Mishra has been posted as DG, Headquarters, Panchkula, and PK Aggrawal goes as ADG, Crime.
Hardeep Singh Doon has been posted as IGP, Administration, Panchkula, and will also look after the IGP, HAP, Madhuban.
Sathesh Balan has been posted as DIG, STF, Bhondsi.
Partiksha Godara has been given additional charge of SP, Hansi,
Rajesh Duggal, SP, Rewari, has been given additional charge of Commandant, 3rd Battalion, HAP, Hisar.