According to Indian media, Sub-inspector Sampa Haldar was seen dancing to a popular number from the Khan-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan as a host of top police officers and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee watched from the gallery at Jai Ho, the Kolkata Police’s annual cultural programme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday. Former city police Commissioner Nirupam Som said the officer has belittled the sanctity of the police uniform.
“During my tenure, I would not have allowed any officer to dance like that and belittle the sanctity of the uniform. I would have no problems had she danced in civil clothes. I wonder how the superiors allowed that,” Som said on Sunday.
Former IPS officer Samir Gangopadhyay too said the police regulations did not allow any personnel to dance in uniform.
“Going by what we saw yesterday (Saturday), I am afraid that we might see our officers dancing like Chulbul Pandey,” said Gangopadhyay, referring to a Salman Khan-starrer movie where the star portrays a police inspector.
State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused Banerjee of defying the constitution by allowing the officer to dance in uniform.