Police security for luxury weddings: Commissioner’s order sparks controversy

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Kannur: The order to provide police security for the big fat weddings by incurring a specific fee has erupted controversy in the department. The police association has raised grievous criticisms against the action and handed over petitions to the Chief Minister and state police chief.

Four cops were entrusted with the duty at a marriage ceremony held in Panoor on July 31. The police service was obtained by paying Rs 1,400 for each police officer. Though police security has been provided by fixing a certain charge, the association condemned using cops to display the extensive luxury of the moneybags.

The petition submitted by the association noted that the police force could not be used for any unofficial purpose as mentioned in section 62 of the Kerala Police Act. The police officers could not be given a charge to provide security for individuals or their properties by charging a fee. The State Industrial Security Force has to be entrusted if such security is necessary.

The service of the police officers was provided at a wedding event at Panoor after receiving an order from the commissioner. Later, Additional SP PP Sadanandan signed and approved the order.

However, the Additional SP denied the responsibility of his signature by claiming that the sign was system generated. “Digital signatures will appear in the messages sent through the application which handles the domestic procedures of the police department after using the password of the Additional Superintendent of police. Even if anyone had used my password, the person should have informed me,” said PP Sadananadan. He informed that after identifying the issue, notices were sent to the junior superintendent clerk and the official who manages the app.

However, police security had been provided even before this incident. Police officers were given a charge to guard the same house ten years ago.

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