Ahmedabad: Gujarat government has transferred 50 IPS officers, including Satish Verma, a member of special investigation team which probed Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

Verma, currently JCP (traffic) for Ahmedabad city, has been now appointed as principal of Police Training College in Junagadh.

As per the notification issued late last night, six IPS officers have been promoted from the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) to Deputy Inspector General (DIG). They include R J Savani, accused of negligence by 2002 Gujarat riots victims.

Eleven police inspectors have been promoted as Deputy Superintendents of Police, and transfered. Seven existing DySP rank officers have been also transferred.

Verma was a part of the Gujarat High Court-appointed SIT in Ishrat case. The SIT concluded that the encounter was fake, following which the High court handed over the case to CBI.

Savani, accused of negligence during the post-Godhra riots by many of the victims and the NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), has been promoted as DIG-Railways for Gujarat.

Savani, at present SP of Mehsana, was DCP Zone (V) in 2002; Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulburg society which faced large-scale communal violence were in his jurisdiction.

Atul Karwal, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer who scaled Mount Everest in 2009, has also been transfered from current posting of JCP Sector 2 in Ahmedabad to Joint Director, State Police Academy, Karai, Gandhinagar.

Karwal will be replaced by S G Bhatti, at present Additional Police Commissioner (traffic and crime), Surat.

The police inspectors who have been promoted to DySP rank (class 1) will have to clear the computer skills test within three months, otherwise they will be demoted to the PI level.