Lucknowites will not have to wait for the much-talked about posting of first woman IPS as Lucknow’s SSP.
After 12 hours of suspense over the posting of Lucknow SSP, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s secretariat finally confirmed that SSP Etawah Manzil Saini has been posted as Lucknow SSP.
News of Saini being posted as Lucknow SSP replacing Rajesh Pandey first came from CM office official twitter handle on Monday evening. However, hardly three hours after the orders, there were reports that Saini’s transfer had been put on hold.
However, on Tuesday, clouds of uncertainty were cleared once again by CM office official twitter handle barely an hour ago confirming Saini as Lucknow SSP.
Earlier, even though five dozen IPS officers were reshuffled by the UP government on Monday, but the posting of one woman IPS gained maximum attention. One, that it was related to state capital, the other being the fact that the posting created a record of sorts.
For the first time in the history of Lucknow police, a woman IPS officer was posted as SSP Lucknow late on Monday evening. The UP government transferred SSP Etawah Manzil Saini as Lucknow SSP. However, rumours mill ran thick and fast that her transfer has been put on hold. Though, no official confirmation in this regard was received.
Saini replaced Rajesh Pandey as SSP Lucknow, who was attached to DGP headquarters.
Saini was presently posted as SSP Etawah, the home town of the ruling Yadav clan.
Known in the police department as “Lady Singham”, Saini, a 2005 batch IPS officer first shot to fame when she became the first married woman to become an IPS officer. Fame and Saini since then have been inseparable.
In her very first posting as ASP Moradabad, she was credited with the most-talked about Amit Kumar Kidney racket on the complaint of a labourer that his kidney had been stolen. The busting of the racket created furore in the country as it had national effect with raids being conducted at then Gurgaon and now Gurugram, Delhi and other places.
She again shot to fame when UP government transferred Saini from the post of SSP Muzaffarnagar. Besides, several reasons, this was also one reason attributed to riots breaking out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts. Known for her tough stand, Saini after a hiatus of a few months with posting at Sitapur training college, again shot to fame when she decided to go on five months leave after her request to go on deputation in CBI was not considered.
Months later, she was posted as SSP Etawah where Saini was known as a tough cop and even launched drives against blue and red beacon fitted vehicles antagonising several SP leaders.