Mumbai police, desperate to show off their city in a good light, will assign only attractive officers to oversee the World Cup final on April 2, local media claimed.
Indian policemen stand guard at the headquarters of The Board of Control for Cricket in Mumbai in 2010 Photo: AFP
The Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper claimed that Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik wanted "only tall, well-built, slim policemen" on duty.
He added that overweight and tobacco-chewing policemen will not be working anywhere near the Wankhede stadium on the day of the final.
"There is a tendency among our policemen to behave rudely at times. This is going to be an international event, and so the city police should look good and behave well," a senior police official told DNA.
"The commissioner said that our policemen should look smart, young and energetic. They should be able to communicate well with people, including foreigners."