Hollande in tricity: Long duty hours sans refreshment irk cops

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2016 11:49 IST
Senior superintendent of police Manish Chaudhary giving directions to cops outside Rock Garden on Sunday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

As if the chilling weather was not enough to make things difficult for them, the Chandigarh Police personnel were not offered any refreshment and no arrangement of mobile toilets was made for women cops during their 36-hour-long duty for the VVIP visit to Chandigarh on Sunday.

A woman cop said it is not possible to leave the spot during a VVIP visit. Keeping this in mind, senior officials should have made arrangements for mobile toilets where women cops were stationed or assigned them duty at places close to public toilets.

While women personnel deployed at Sector 7/8 roundabout were able to use the public toilet in the market area, those on duty at the Tribune roundabout and airport light point faced a lot of inconvenience.

Cops also resented the authorities’ failure to provide them refreshments during the duty. Some of them said that they were suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes and needed to take food at short intervals, but their seniors paid no heed to their concerns.

A senior police of ficial, requesting anonymity, said that some money is deducted from their salary for welfare fund, which could have been used to arrange food for those on duty. He said the department had already purchased a mobile van for serving food at different points, which was not put to use on Sunday.

Cops said that personnel of paramilitary forces, including Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force, were getting food and refreshment, but the UT police had failed to do so. They said former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Naunihal Singh had introduced the system of providing tea and snacks every four hours and even food during long duty hours at the time of any VVIP visit.

No senior police official replied to comment on the issue despite several calls made to them.

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