Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A grand salute to the 2000 police officers outside stadium with out water and food

The near-2000 strong police force deployed for the forthcoming cricket World Cup 2011 semifinal has been left to fend for itself for food and water as no provisions have been made to provide food and drink for the hapless cops.

Most of the deployed police personnel have been sourced from various police ranges across the state with some being requisitioned from places as far as Patiala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Barnala, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Faridkot districts.

The cops have been present in Mohali since last Friday and have been deployed outside at the stadium to look after the law and order situation there.

However, instead of being vigilant outside the stadium complex, a large number of cops were spotted cooped up inside police vehicles trying to sleep on an empty stomach.

A constable with Punjab police from Bathinda, on the condition of anonymity said, ''We were ordered to come to Mohali on Thursday night and although authorities have made arrangements for our stay and a meal, which usually is dinner, throughout the day we are left to fend for ourselves. The outstation police force is not as lucky as the ones living near to Mohali, who can bring lunch boxes, as we have to spend from our own pockets. We are not even allowed to go inside the stadium to get a glass of water and have to purchase water bottles.

Mohali superintendent of police Harpreet Singh said, ''We are providing a daily allowance and we cannot be made responsible for arranging meals for about 2000 personnel.''

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