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Protruding Tummies, Unfit Bodies: Why Some Haryana Cops Can’t Chase Offenders

Punjab and Haryana HC asks DGP to file an affidavit about upkeep of their physical fitness with videos and photos.

The crime unit of sector 17 Gurugram police checks the Swift car used by two notorious criminals of the Koushal gang before the encounter in which one died and the other injured, in Gurugram on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Chandigarh: The state that boasts of maximum medals at international sporting events, unfortunately, has a dubious distinction of some of the most unfit cops in service, many of whom while standing can’t see their shoes due to a bulging belly or have difficulty buckling up their trousers. So, when it comes to catching criminals, they prefer to watch and sulk than give a chase.

So much so that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had to intervene in the matter. This, after even under-trials or offenders who were old and aged managed to give the cops a slip, and in some cases, the accused managed to make a vanishing act from the custody of many cops.

Shocking and worth a concern, these policemen who have acquired pear-shaped bodies, have a disproportionate Body Mass Index BMI of more than 28, and most of them have protruding tummies. The BMI of a fit person is between 18.5 to 24.5 (someone who can see his buckle while standing).

There were a total of 1,50,716 cases registered under the Excise Act in Haryana between the years 2011 and 2021. Under the NDPS Act, there were a total of 20,574 cases registered.

Out of about 1.50 lakh cases registered under the Excise Act, in 4,664 cases the accused managed to give cops a slip.

Similarly, in the same period, out of the 20,000-odd cases, in 1,005 cases registered under the NDPS Act, the accused were able to run away from the custody of the police. In close to 1,000 cases in both categories, the police could not even apprehend the aged suspects and accused.

Now the case will come up in the court of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan on August 21. On that date, the DGP of Haryana will have to file an affidavit that should have photographs and videos of actual physical training being imparted under medical supervision to obese policemen below the age of 40 years.

Last year at a function at Haryana Police Academy in Madhuban, the former DGP of Haryana Manoj Yadava had said that close to 200 Haryana police personnel die either due to lifestyle diseases or roads accidents. He emphasized the need to prepare gymnasiums and sports facilities at the district level exclusively for the better health of these policemen.

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