This Diwali, police officers in the city have one more order to comply with. The Delhi Police commissioner has, in an order, directed all officers to ensure that no one reaches their seniors’ houses “with or without gifts or flowers” during the festival.
According to sources, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a circular issued from the police headquarters on Tuesday, directed all “officers/men not to visit the residence of any of their seniors with or without gifts or even flowers bouquets on the occasion of Deepawali”.
The direction has been issued to all the districts heads, additional commissioners, joint commissioners and special commissioners of police, sources said. Police sources alleged that visiting houses of senior officers with gifts during festivals is a common practice in the force, adding that it is allegedly done to please seniors and get plum postings.
A police officer, who did not wish to be named, told The Indian Express that the circular was issued to discourage officers who maintain such conduct. “Giving gifts on Diwali has become a tradition and custom but it does not suit the men in uniform. This practice also promotes favouritism, which should not happen in the force.”
Sources said the direction has also been issued to keep a tab on such activities, and if officers are found to be indulging in such acts, action might taken accordingly. Sources said the order also states that “contravention of the instructions would be viewed adversely”. With a strength of 80,000 personnel, there are 13 police districts and 180 police stations in the national capital.