In an embarrassing act, the Delhi Police awarded a "non-police colony" for being one of the cleanest "police colonies" due to a mix-up over similar sounding names of RWA Presidents.
An award function was held last week to reward the cleanest police colonies under the Swachh Bharat Mission cleanliness drive.
The awards were given by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on May 16.
The award was supposed to be given to a police colony in Vasant Kunj.
However, the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) President of the "non-police" colony attended the function and took the award from Patnaik.
It was only after the award ceremony when a list of the awardees, who were present, was being prepared, that the error was realized.
The RWA of the non-police colony was then informed and given a verbal apology. Later, the award was given to the RWA of the '"police" colony.
The officer said that both the Presidents' first name was Meenakshi and their surnames were also similar sounding, which led to the confusion.
Milind Dumbere, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest), said it was a case of mistaken identity.
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