The Mumbai police commissioner in charge of security for the
Cricket World Cup final has banned ugly officers from being on duty at
Commissioner Arup Patnaik told his senior officers during a
meeting that he wanted only good-looking policemen to be among the 1,500 on
duty for the showcase match at the Wankhede Stadium in order to show his city and his nation in the
best possible light.
"He is showing personal interest in each and every
aspect of security for the ground," a senior officer told the Press Trust
"During a meeting, he said that fit and good-looking
cops should be deployed in and around the ground."
Patnaik also specified that overweight or tobacco-chewing
officers should not be working anywhere near the stadium on the day of the
final, India's Daily News and Analysis newspaper reported.
"There is a tendency among our policemen to behave
rudely at times. This is going to be an international event, and so the city
police should look good and behave well," a police source told the paper.
Patnaik has only been in his job for a matter of weeks, but
it is not the first time he has drawn media attention.
Last week he made surprise
inspections of several police stations, with any officers who were found watching the
cricket on TV or dozing in their armchairs being punished by being put on
duty away from TV screens during the final matches of the tournament.
The worries over the fitness of the Indian police isn't the only security worry: on Wednesday a new security scandal hit one of the other tournament co-hosts, Bangladesh, when seven people were arrested after 105 policemen fell ill while on security duty during a match in Dhaka - read the full story here.