Out of fear of being ousted from Delhi traffic police unit, many potbellied traffic men reduced extra flab and saved their jobs.
Delhi Police last month had identified a total of 84 potbellied traffic police. Of them, 71 had appeared for the basic fitness test and only 20 failed the test that took place about 10 days ago.
These 20 policemen have been sent to traffic police line for a month and asked to work out rigorously to get back to shape within the period. Those who will manage to get rid of the paunch by 3rd week of November, will be allowed to retain their job.
Those who fail the final test will be shown the exit door.
This is an initiative by Delhi Police to make its traffic unit 'smart and fit'. They want to remove the fat, flabby and potbellied men from the unit.
The whole exercise has created a hullabaloo among a section of potbellied policemen. They are now hitting gyms on daily basis, said sources.
However, 13 potbellied policemen, who did not appear for the test, will be given another chance to appear for the fitness test sometime next week. Those who will not appear for the test will be ousted from the traffic police unit, said officials.
Those who did not appear for the test include two from northern range, one from eastern range, three from southern range, three from western range and two who were deployed in VIP duty.
During the tests, their weight, waist and chest size are measured.
"Many of the identified potbellied traffic men have shown improvement. They got two weeks' time and through exercise they have been able to reduce weight. Though they are still in marginal level, we have not sent them to (traffic) line. They have been cautioned that if they regain fat, they will have to face the consequences in the next level of screening," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Traffic police will not even spare their flabby female colleagues as well. "Our next target will be to identify the overweight females in traffic. Through the same process we will remove the ones who would fail to get back to shape," a senior police officer said.