Police chief's kids delighted; seniors sulk

Manu, working for a software company, was present on the D-day while his sister Varsha Ramesh missed the emotional moments. Manu said, “We are so excited and we are happy for him as he is rewarded for his decades of dedicated service. He has carved a niche as a strict and straight police officer, while at home, he is completely different -- jovial, spiritual and an excellent father. I am sure he is going to do his bit as the top chief and come out in flying colours.”

On his father’s transferable job, he said: “There was a time when every six months we were put in different schools, in different districts. But thanks to it, we got the opportunity to mingle with a wide range to people and learnt many things. Today, what we are is the result of that upbringing and travelling.”

Guruprasad stays away

All is not well in the Karnataka police force. Even as three of the five DGPs in the state retired the same day, two seniormost officers, Guruprasad and the new in charge DG&IGP ST Ramesh failed to turn up at the passing-out parade for police officers.

In the morning, with speculation running high as to who is likely to head the police force, it was obvious that there was not much love lost among the seniors. A few officers who backed Guruprasad's appointment also were not seen at the evening function when Ramesh took the charge.

Speaking at the farewell function, Dr Singh said: “All these years people of Karnataka have showered their love and affection on me.  On the eve of retirement, I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.” 

 He also thanked various political leaders for their help and cooperation. “My colleagues including, chamber orderlies, drivers, walkie and personal assistants have always co-operated and assisted me in the discharge of my duties. Whatever little I have been in a position to do as a Police Officer is mainly due to their work. Only more credit has come to me. I profusely and whole-heatedly thank them all,” an emotional Singh said.

Singh, who joined the police fore in 1974, came to Karnataka in 1976. Jija Hari Singh and Sharath Saxena, who retired along with Singh also thanked their colleagues on the occasion.

STR profile

* Born on July 4, 1951 in Bangalore
* Degree from St Joseph’s College, Bangalore
* Joined the Indian Police Service in 1976
* Bagged the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service in 1995 and 2007

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