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SHO waves sword wearing uniform in Ganesh visarjan procession, SP orders probe

Udaipur : Holding and waving sword publicly in Khaki uniform has landed another SHO in controversy in Chittorgarh. After the video clip went viral over social media, the Superintendent of Police Anil Kayal on Friday  ordered an enquiry over the incident. Recently, an SHO in Udaipur had to face departmental enquiry over his controversial pre wedding shoot where he was seen taking bribe from his would-be wife in uniform. 

 The latest episode took place in Nimbaheda block on Thursday where a large procession was being taken out to mark the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony. Many associations, social groups, akhaadas and vyayamshalas participated in the procession. The organizers had displayed dummy swords too in the procession. When the procession reached main market, the volunteers greeted the officials present on the occasion including SDM Pankaj Sharma, DySP Jagram Meena and Kotwali SHO Himanshu Singh with Mewari turban. Some of them requested the police officer to hold the sword which the latter agreed to.

He held the sword and waived it for few times, however when the video went viral, higher officials took it seriously. SP Anil Kayal ordered an enquiry and asked the report to be submitted in three days. The initiation of probe has raised speculations among the public. “It is a part of the procession tradition that guests are requested to hold dummy sword or instruments symbolic to valour and pride. Ministers and legislators too have done similar acts on various earlier occasions however, it is first time that an issue is being created unnecessarily over an insignificant gesture” one of the volunteer said. Meanwhile the SHO said it was just a dummy sword and the act was done merely to respect people’s sentiments.

It may be noted that Nimbaheda is regarded as extra sensitive area where communal riots have been frequent in past years. This time, the procession had been a mass one with large number of participants from all walks of life and the volunteers marched through the main bazaars peacefully.