More than 2,000 officers of the Mumbai Police heaved a sigh of relief when transfer of just 492 officers was announced on Tuesday. Officers in the rank of police inspectors (PI) were a worried lot because last month, the office of the Director General (DG) of Police, Maharashtra, had issued an order saying all officers who had completed 9 years in Mumbai would be transferred out of the city.
However, that order was superseded by another on May 22, which suspended the earlier order, which meant not all officers would be transferred out of Mumbai.
For the past one month, police officers in the rank of police inspector (PI) were seen scampering around with applications and request letters. With the annual general transfers scheduled after the Lok Sabha elections, they were submitting applications asking to be posted in places around Mumbai or other departments which are outside the purview of the Mumbai Police.
This was quite unusual, because officers normally don't seek transfer outside Mumbai for various reasons. This time, however, they were being forced to, because the April circular on transfer was on their mind, leading to the scamper within the force. There are more than 2,000 officers in the Mumbai Police who have been here for 9 or more years.
And it was in sheer desperation that they were submitting applications requesting they be transferred and posted to Thane, Thane (Rural), Navi Mumbai, State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), State Intelligence Department (SID), Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) or the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS).
"All these places and departments are in and around Mumbai, which would ensure that they wouldn't have to shift out of the city," said a senior police officer.
On May 22, there was a respite of sort in the form of a circular from the DG office, informing cops that the order regarding compulsory transfer had been suspended. The circular said there were some changes that needed to be done and hence the previous order stood suspended.
Then on Tuesday, the DG office issued transfer orders to 492 police officers across the state. "Thankfully, the 9-year rule has not been implemented," said a police inspector.
These transfers are part of the routine annual general transfers and more orders transferring officers of various ranks are expected in the next few days, informed an officer.