Six police personnel, deployed at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium for an IPL match, were sent to district lines after the senior officers of the Delhi Police found them missing from their duty points.
Initial findings revealed that all these personnel were watching match inside the stadium giving their duty a miss. A department inquiry has been initiated against them.
Police said after the sudden rise of pickpockets and mobile theft, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Pramaditya had formed a special team to nab pickpockets and the team was deployed at various points inside the stadium in plainclothes.
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“The members of the special team recently informed their in-charge that they did not find several police personnel at their duty-points. Some of the personnel, they reported, were found in an inebriated condition. The in-charge later informed the DCP about the matter and he decided to conduct a surprise check during an IPL match,” a police officer said.
During the last two matches, DCP Pramaditya along with his team conducted surprise checks and found that some of the personnel left their duty-points without informing anyone. “Some personnel were also allegedly found drunk. But senior officers are still verifying these allegations and are awaiting medical reports,” the officer said.
It was decided that six policemen will be sent to the district lines for gross dereliction of duty. At least 10 cases of wallets and mobile phones being stolen were reported after every IPL match.