Telangana Government issued a circular stating Cops can’t wear ‘Ayyappa’ attire even if they have taken up Ayyappa Deeksha. It was mentioned that Police Manual doesn’t permit Officials in Uniform Services wearing any religious symbols. These orders have been sent to all the District SPs and Commissioners from the DG Office. The same issue has arisen few years ago.
Then Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy gave a relaxation by permitting the cops in Ayyappa Deeksha to wear a black cloth on the uniform. However, Police Bosses have been firm on the norms this time. Indications have been given to Cops that they will have attend duties in full dress code else obtaining a leave during deeksha is the only option,