Srinagar, Nov 16: Former Inspector general of police, Traffic Jammu and Kashmir Basant Rath on Friday wrote an atypical farewell message thanking his higher-ups and colleagues, and even spilling some beans.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s [it is] thanksgiving time for me. I’ve handed over the charge of IG, Traffic to my successor. I wish him the best,” Rath wrote in his farewell message that he shared on his Facebook profile.
“Without Vaid Sa’ab [SP Vaid], I won’t have been able to put a team of officers of my choice. Without his backing, I wouldn’t have got this job. Without his support, I won’t have been able to do things my way,” said Rath.
“S.D.S. Jamwal Sir is a sweetheart. I owe him my Poonch posting (before I came as SSP Jammu). K. Rajendra tried his best to dislodge me. S. D. Sir put his foot down. He got me as his DIG as well and gave me a lot of space. Had any other IPS guy been IG, Jammu in his place, I won’t have been able to deliver.”
Praising IGP Kashmir Range SP Pani, and Div Com Kashmir, Rath said in his message: “Swayam is a brother. He kept his resources at my disposal. In Kashmir. Baseer Khan Sir, a big thank you for those frequent meetings in your Divisional Commissioner office. And those phone calls to your officers.”
“I’m lucky that I got a chance to work with Tahir Gillani Sa’ab, Muzaffar Sa’ab, Raies Sa’ab, Farooq Sa’ab and Sajjad Sa’ab.
Thank you, Nisha Ma’am, Joginder Sa’ab, Shakti Sa’ab, Mushtaq Sa’ab, Sunny, Dheeraj, Raj Paul and Rajinder Kaur Ma’am.”
“Thank you, my most important constituency, the youth of J and K, for your trust and affection. I’ll be here. In J and K. Till 2032. And beyond. No deputation for me. Delhi is too polluted.”
On November 13, the state government had appointed Alok Kumar as new Inspector General of Police, Traffic, replacing Basant Rath.