The Assam government has suspended a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) for his ‘numerous’ foreign visits since 2011 without obtaining prior permission from the government, officials said.

A police spokesman said that senior IPS officer Rounak Ali Hazarika has been placed under suspension with immediate effect for ‘flouting the government guidelines’ and ‘gross misconduct’ on several occasions.

He joined the Assam Police Service (APS) in 1992.

Hazarika, currently posted as DIG of the Border Wing of Assam police, said that he has nothing to say about the government decision.

The Home and Political Affairs department in a notification said that a report has been received that Hazarika had undertaken many foreign trips since 2011.

“Hazarika had never obtained prior permission from the Home Department of Assam government for his numerous visits abroad since his joining the APS cadre.

“The Governor of Assam (Jagdish Mukhi), in the exercise of powers conferred by the clauses of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, hereby places Sri Hazarika under suspension with immediate effect,” the notification read.

It said that the headquarters of Hazarika shall be the office of the Director-General of Police and he shall not leave the headquarters without obtaining permission from the Secretary, Home and Political Affairs Department.

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