Day after Ludhiana’s Dabangg cops get dressing down, they make a beeline for tailors
Young cops in Ludhiana had been donning khaki in style of late. Low-waist trousers with body-hugging shirts were considered the right fit, courtesy Bollywood’s Dabangg cop image. That was until Tuesday when the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dhruman Nimble thought otherwise and issued notices to 430 Punjab Police personnel, including women, to get their uniforms altered as per specifications.
On Wednesday morning, the personnel, most of them constables and head constables, were seen headed for the designated tailor shop to get their uniforms altered.
The DCP checked the uniforms of 480 cops and found 430 violating the police norms.
WHAT THE NORMS SAY
The norms say that the bottom of pants should be 18 inches and only three buttons of the shirts should be visible but most cops were found not adhering to these stipulations.
A constable and head constable gets Rs 1,000 as allowance for buying a uniform. Earlier, even the cloth was provided by the police but now that practice has been discontinued.
“The young blood is inspired by Bollywood so many a times they don’t adhere to the uniform code. New recruits like to copy the macho look of actor Salman Khan with open buttons and sunglasses,” said a trainer at the police lines on condition of anonymity.
The rule book says the uniform has to have a perfect crease. “The width of the bottom increases with the height of the policeman. Though the prescribed width is 18 inches,” said the official.
TREND AFTER 2011
Assistant sub inspector Amrik Singh, who flaunted the right uniform with three shirt buttons visible, said: “Policemen recruited after 2011 alter their uniforms. Those hired before that are more disciplined.” ASI Karanjit Singh, who accompanied him at the police lines, said trousers below the waist are against the norms too.
Among the erring cops are six ASIs and the rest constables and head constables.
Tailors near Police Lines were busy making alterations on Wednesday as cops who received notices queued up. Jaspal Singh, the owner of JS Tailor, said stitching a uniform can cost from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,700. “We charge Rs 70 to Rs 200 for altering shirts and Rs 100 to Rs 200 for trousers,” he said.
DCP Nimble, who issued the notices, said the uniform should be comfortable and not restrict movement. “The disadvantage of low-waist pants or a tight-fit dress is that cops won’t be able to even sit down whenever a situation crops up,” he said.