Agra: Cops in Mathura may now be seen wearing uniforms featuring an image of Lord Krishna.
While it is not yet sure, the development has been confirmed by Mathura senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapnil Mangain.
It must be noted that word about this development comes after the Uttar Pradesh government declared the town of Vrindavan as an official “holy pilgrimage site”. It has come to light that policemen in Mathura will be given new uniforms with logos on shoulder badges – all with an image of Krishna.
Mangain said, “The purpose behind the logos is to make UP Police more tourist-friendly.”
According to some officials from the department, the new plan is being mulled following the criticism it received after the assault on a Swiss couple in Fatehpur Sikri by some local youths.
It may be noted that the police department or any other state unit, is not supposed to carry of display images of religious icons or gods, according to the secular ideals of the Constitution.
The design and selection of the Logo have also been finalised. Many have accused this religious logo on uniforms as part of the broader “saffronisation” agenda of the UP government, after the state government’s decision to paint the state capital and government buildings across the state in saffron.
Former DGP Brij Lal told TOI that such logos should not be allowed as they can dent the secular image of the police.
Congress national spokesperson Vivek Bansal slammed the move, alleging that the logo was in violation of the Constitution.
“India being a secular nation, the government should not patronize and propagate any religion. Vrindavan tourism doesn’t cater only to Hindus, as people of all faiths visit the city. The logo will be a violation of the Constitution,” he said.
Source: The Times Of India