‘Ensure the safety of devotees’

Director General of Police (DGP) J.K. Tripathy has asked police personnel on duty for the Athi Varadar festival at the Devarajaswamy temple, Kancheepuram, to ensure that there were no lapses.

He asked them to work together to repose the faith the people of the State had in the Tamil Nadu police.

The letter was sent on Monday soon after a clip of Kancheepuram Collector K. Ponniah pulling up an inspector for “randomly” letting people into the VIP queue went viral. The incident triggered an uneasiness among sections of the uniformed personnel.

Citing Philip Chetwode, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, the DGP said: “The safety, honour and welfare of your country comes first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”

Mr. Tripathy said: “This once-in-a-40-years spectacle has truly metamorphosed into a successful event only because of the indefatigable efforts of our police personnel, braving tough weather and minimal personal comforts.”

Stating that even a minor lapse would taint all the hard-earned glory, he appealed to the officers on security duty to bring out the best in their leadership skills and channel all energy towards ensuring the best public service.

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