The Gujarat government on Tuesday transferred Inspector General of Police (IGP), Surat Range, Narsimha Komar and Superintendent of Police (SP) Mayursinh Chavda, days after a suspected hooch tragedy claimed 20 lives at Vareli village in the district. Also, a three-member committee formed by the government to probe the suspected hooch deaths submitted its report to the Home Department. “The report carries our observations about the suspected hooch tragedy in Surat,” said ADGP (police reforms) V M Pargi, who led the panel, said. He, however, refused to divulge details about the contents of the report.
Earlier in the day, a Home Department notification stated that Komar was transferred to Jamnagar as IG, Marine Task Force, relieving Nirja Gotru Rao (IG, Coastal Security) from the additional charge. Komar will be replaced by 1991-batch IPS officer Shamsher Singh, currently serving as additional director with the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Ahmedabad.
Chavda, who was appointed as Surat SP only a few months ago, was shifted to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) in Gandhinagar as SP. Ahmedabad District SP Nirlipt Rai would be the new Surat SP. Senior IPS officer Keshav Kumar, who has returned to the state after a long stint with the CBI, has been appointed in the ACB as special Director. As per the notification, all the officials have been directed to take charge of their respective office by Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, a team of Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) which was roped in by the state government to probe the alleged hooch deaths took over the investigation Tuesday. A team headed by SP Himanshu Shukla left for Surat on Tuesday. The government has not officially called the incident as a hooch tragedy and instead termed it as “unnatural deaths”.
With PTI inputs