Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed has been shunted to a less important post by the Adityanath government, which transferred 12 IPS officers in the first big reshuffle in the top police hierarchy.
1980-batch IPS officer Sulkhan Singh, who was DG (Training), will replace Ahmed, a 1984-batch IPS officer, who has been shifted as the DG of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), a senior Home department official said.
Singh is likely to have a brief stint as the state police head, as his superannuation is due in September.
The chief minister has not minced words in sending out a strong message that law and order was his government's top priority and any laxity in this regard would not be tolerated.
During the recent Assembly polls, the BJP had petitioned the Election Commission to remove Ahmed, alleging that he was working at the behest of the then Samajwadi Party government.
(With inputs from PTI.)