In a hilarious yet shocking development, the names of some retired as well as a deceased policeman had made it to the list of the 2,500 police personnel transferred through the newly introduced Automatic Personnel Placement Software (APPS), on Monday September 22.
Later on, the names of around 45 names, including that of the deceased policeman and other retired personnel, were deleted from the list developed by an IT firm and unveiled by UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore.
Reacting to the goof-up and cooling down the irked police officers, DIG OP Mishra said, “As soon as we came to know about the names of the retired and a dead policeman on the list, we corrected it. Work on the software was going on for the last four months. And there is the possibility that when the record of police personnel was obtained from the service record room of the police department, these police personnel were serving. We are looking into the matter.”
This was the first time that Chandigarh police witnessed a transfer list being issued by a software which does not allow any manual interference. The list included names of Head Constable (HC), Angrej Singh, HC Surinder Kumar, HC Raj Bala, Constable Ram Karan and others. Sources further stated that HC Budh Singh, who is on deputation to Punjab Police and posted in Amritsar, was also shown to be transferred.