Polo team for mounted police


A mounted police horse at the stable in Goshamahal police stadium on Monday.— Photo: G. Ramakrishna

A mounted police horse at the stable in Goshamahal police stadium on Monday.— Photo: G. Ramakrishna

 

The city police will now train their mounted police unit in equestrian sports. A decision to this effect was taken by the top brass recently. Till now the unit has been participating in ceremonial parades apart from regular patrolling and crowd control duties.

To begin with, a polo team will be formed with the available men and horses. The team, after its mandatory training, will participate in equestrian sports events held in the country. Plans are also afoot to train the personnel in other equestrian sports like tent pegging and show jumping.

The mounted police unit of the Hyderabad City Police has a sanctioned strength of 40 horses. But presently it has 29 horses comprising colts, mare, filly and geld. Ten new horses were acquired from different race courses and farms recently. New stables as per stipulated norms were constructed for them at the Goshamahal police grounds.

“More horses will be acquired shortly and we will be using the mounted police for sports as well as regular duties,” said City Police Commissioner, Anurag Sharma, after inaugurating the new stables at the Goshamahal grounds on Monday.

Though the horse strength has come down due to various reasons, the mounted police unit of the city police dates back to the Nizamian era. “The mounted police during Nizam time comprised mostly ‘Siddis’ who hailed from African continent. They came in the late 18{+t}{+h}century and were known for their horsemanship. A stable and veterinary hospital was constructed for this purpose near A.C Guards,” says M.A. Qayyum, former Deputy Director, Archaeology and Museums.

The decision to revive the mounted police unit was taken by the senior police officials after taking into account their effective use in other States for crowd control and patrolling duties.

 

City police top brass decides to provide training in equestrian sports for the unit dating back to the Nizamian era

 

 

 

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