Alwar police asks 9 Muslim cops to shave beards withdraws order day later


The original order on Thursday said the nine policemen were asked to cut their beards so that they acted and looked “unbiased”.

As the news got out, on Friday Alwar Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh withdrew his own order.

Police said they had earlier given permission to 32 Muslim personnel to sport beards. Thursday's order withdrew this permission for nine of them.

The remaining 23 policemen were allowed to continue with their beards, police said.

"Policemen should not only work in an unbiased manner but they should also look unbiased," the SP initially told reporters.

"There is a provision of the state government which allows the HoD (head of department) to permit policemen to keep beards,” he said.

“Under the provision, 32 policemen were given permission. The permission for nine policemen has been cancelled while for the rest of them it stands unchanged," he added.

Deshmukh had said the decision can be reconsidered and those dissatisfied with it can approach the department.

On Friday, while withdrawing the order, he said, “It was an administrative order which has been withdrawn after representation from the aggrieved policemen.” “The permission to sport a beard has been given,” he said.

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