While folks throughout the state are being advised by cops to strictly observe social distancing guidelines, police officers inside Ludhaina’s Kotwali police station determined to interrupt them with no care on the earth throughout a “motivational get-together” held Monday.
A broadly shared video clip of the get-together had police personnel and authorised volunteers (who’ve been helping police throughout lockdown) dancing to Punjabi pop music. While some had their masks on, others had them hanging down from their faces as many hugged one another, clicked selfies whereas breaking into Bhangra strikes.
Interestingly, the ‘get-together’ turned dance social gathering had an elite visitor record.
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Among those that attended it had been Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Agarwal, metropolis Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal, Additional DCP-1 Gurpreet Singh Sikand and ACP (Central) Waryam Singh. However, all these officers claimed that it was a ‘get-together’ which was organised to ‘motivate’ the power and it changed into a dance social gathering after that they had left the police station premises.
They, nonetheless, agreed that what occurred was unsuitable and cops who turned it right into a dance social gathering, with out following social distancing, got a ‘strict warning’.
Additional DCP-1, Gupreet Singh Sikand, who was one of many attendees and below whom division number-1 police station works, stated: “We had organised a get-together as force and volunteers were on continuous duty since the lockdown had started. All that was allowed was food and some chit-chat, but what happened after senior officers left, should not have happened. We saw the viral videos and social distancing was completely defied. After officers left, someone started music and dancing. It should not have happened. Some NGO leaders arrived there and started this music and party. A warning has been issued against repeating any such thing in the future.”
ACP (Central) Waryam Singh additionally stated that although he had attended the get-together, the dance began after he had left. “Some cops and volunteers must have started it. It should not have happened. Our motive was just to organise a small get-together to motivate the force. Whatever happened later was wrong. All that we had allowed was food and everything else was done without permission later,” stated the ACP.
Inspector Rajwant Singh, SHO division number one police station, stated that he had solely organised the occasion for his employees and volunteers. “At the maximum, 60 people should have been there. I have no idea how at least a hundred more people reached police station and started music and dancing. We had invited DC and CP sir to participate and motivate the force. It happened after they left…”
Contacted for feedback, Rakesh Agrawal, Ludhiana police commissioner stated that he had attended the “motivational get-together for a few minutes”. He, nonetheless, refused to remark additional on the viral movies shot in police station premises.