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DGP Prabodh Kumar to stay as panel head

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Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17

DGP (Provisioning) Prabodh Kumar, who was recently shifted from the post of chief of the Bureau of Investigation of the Punjab Police, will continue to head the five-member special investigation team (SIT) formed to inquire into the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing cases.

Senior police officials and members of the SIT said the transfer of the IPS officer, who enjoys the rank of DGP, will have no impact on the SIT. “He is heading the SIT as earlier,” said a member of the team. Senior officials said there was no order to replace him from the SIT.

Prabodh Kumar had been heading the Bureau of Investigation for the past three years. He also headed the Crime Branch for three years. Kumar was in news for not being on the same page on several occasions with the key investigation member of the team, Kunwar Viay Pratap Singh. Kumar had even denied approving challans submitted by Singh. They were at loggerheads on other aspects of the investigation also, including summoning and mode of questioning of some senior politicians.

Much speculation was going on since Kumar’s transfer from the bureau. It had been further fuelled by the sudden action of SIT members months after the Behbal Kalan firing case. On Tuesday, the team arrested a Faridkot resident for allegedly fabricating evidence in the Behbal Kalan police firing incident in which two persons were killed. An IPS officer of the 1988 batch, Kumar is scheduled to retire in January 2025.

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