For the city’s policemen, US President Barrack Obama’s visit has only delayed the much needed breather they have been waiting for since months. It has been an exceptionally busy year for the men in khaki. It began with Ramzan Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi falling on the same day, followed by the Ayodhya judgment and now the Obama visit.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rajneesh Seth said, “We had to cancel weekly offs of police personnel keeping in mind the visit.”
A police officer, who did not wish to be named, said, “We were hoping that we would at least get to spend one festival in the year with our family members after a hectic last few months. However, even that will not be possible as all our leaves have been cancelled due to the US President’s visit this weekend.”
Another traffic police officer, who has been assigned to stay guard near Metro junction this weekend, said, “We are happy that the US President is coming to Mumbai, but just wondering if the visit could have been better timed and had not coincided with the biggest festival in our country.”