MEERUT, Oct. 23 -- A sub-inspector of UP police has been suspended for keeping a beard without seeking permission from the department.

Intezar Ali, who hails from Saharanpur district, was posted at Ramala police station of Baghpat district.

Manoj Singh, the PRO to Baghpat superintendent of police Abhishek Singh, said as per the police manual only Sikhs are allowed to keep a beard while all other policemen have to be clean-shaven.

"If any of them wants to grow a beard, they have to seek permission from the department," he added. Singh further said S-I Ali was given notice to seek permission from the department but he didn't comply.

Subsequently, Baghpat SP Abhishek Singh ordered Ali's suspension on Wednesday. Ali, however, claimed that h...