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UP Muslim cop suspended for keeping beard without permission, he says plea pending for a year

Baghpat SP Abhishek Singh said sub-inspector Intsar Ali was warned & given a notice for flouting norms, but Ali claims he has served with a beard since 1994.

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New Delhi: A Muslim sub-inspector of Uttar Pradesh has been suspended for flouting dress code norms by keeping a beard without permission from his superiors. But the sub-inspector, Intsar Ali, posted at Ramala police station in Baghpat district, claims his plea has been pending with the authorities since last November, and that the beard was never a problem in his 25 years of service.

The police dress code manuals state that apart from those belonging to the Sikh community, other police personnel cannot keep a beard without permission from the authorities.

Baghpat SP Abhishek Singh said Thursday: “Ali was suspended yesterday as he kept his beard without permission and even after repeated instructions, he failed to comply with the dress code norms. Earlier, he was also issued a show cause notice on the matter. SI Ali has been suspended for indiscipline and a probe has been ordered against him.”

The Baghpat police added in a statement, “Intsar Ali was earlier served with a notice for not following uniform protocol and trimming beard in the past. Despite this, Ali continued to flout dress code norms without any permission from the concerned authorities/irresponsibility towards his duties.”

However, Ali told ThePrint, “I had written the letter seeking permission in November 2019. I have served the UP Police for 25 years, and until now, nobody had stopped me from keeping a beard.”

The sub-inspector admitted that his seniors had told him to trim his beard multiple times since last year, but added, “I joined as a constable in 1994; at that time, I had a light beard. But over the last couple of years, I have always had a beard of this length. I had gone to ask for leave last year, and the SP at the time, Pratap Gopendra Yadav, questioned me over my beard. I have had postings in other places too, over so many years of service, but nobody has ever stopped me. I had given a letter seeking permission too, but I still haven’t got it.”

ThePrint reached SP Abhishek Singh to ask why the suspended SI’s plea was pending, but was informed by PRO Manoj Singh that he was not available to comment.

“Till the time the inquiry is completed, Ali will not be on duty. After the probe, it will be decided if he should be reinstated,” the PRO said.

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Permission is necessary

Former IPS officer Abdul Rahman told ThePrint that it is mandatory for police personnel to take permission from seniors to keep a beard.

“Apart from Sikhs, no one else in the police services can keep a beard without seeking permission. This comes under the police uniform rule,” Rahman said.

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  1. Very good move to being discipline to police ranks. This is UP Police not Taliban where officers will keep long bears , wear dhotis and skullcaps!

  2. Pathetic display of power by UP top brass. What’s the relationship between beard and crime prevention? Even PM has a long beard

    • The Police Manual prohibits this. Why drag Modi into this? The Manual was written when your Chicha Nehroo was in power and has held since his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to occupy the throne.

      Why didn’t the servants cry then?

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