Ashok Kumar Rathore
JAIPUR: Ashok Kumar Rathore, who recently took over as the ADG of Special Operations Group (SOG) and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), appears to have his task cut out for him with the department under fire for alleged corruption charges involving former officials.
Rathore has outlined certain areas which will be the main focus of the department, including organised gangs operating in the state as well as strict vigilance on SOG’s and ATS’s officials to ensure that no corruption takes root. Moreover, SOG will also work on a strategy to catch the elusive Papla Gujjar who escaped from Bhiwadi lock-up in a daring Bollywood-like getaway last September.
“We have a 2011 Charter which clearly defines the areas in which the special units have to work and the aim is to follow those directions. This includes smuggling of firearms and organised gangs operating in the state amongst others. Also in cases of weapon smuggling where firearms are brought from states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkand, we will not just arrest the peddlers, but get to the bottom of the nexus which is active,” Rathore said.
Rathore was previously posted as ADG State Human Rights Commission and took over the new post on Saturday.
With SOG being recently embroiled in controversy due to corruption charges against senior officials who were transferred out in the reshuffle on Friday, the new ADG claimed that they will be vigilant and said, “There are no two ways about the fact that in case any official from my department is found to be indulging in such activity then we will take necessary action. Moreover, in view of the recent case, we will be vigilant and keep a watch on everyone.”
SOG had since last September also been trying to catch hold of fugitive Papla and his arrest will also be one of the prime focuses of the department. “We will strategise on catching the gangster and as soon as the new SP Bhiwadi takes over, we will start work in that direction,” said Rathore, who was previously also in SOG as IG for a period of four months.