India's star women's cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur was on Thursday officially inducted into the Punjab Police Department as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to Twitter to reveal the details.
Proud to join DGP Suresh Arora in pinning the stars on the uniform of this young cricketer @ImHarmanpreet as she takes over as DSP in @PunjabPolice. This lady has done us proud and I’m confident she’ll continue to do so. My best wishes are with her. pic.twitter.com/0yuDOdr6j7— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 1, 2018
Amarinder Singh had earlier urged the Railways to relieve Harmanpreet so that she could join the Punjab Police as an officer.
The chief minister offered the post of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) to Harmanpreet, who hails from Moga district of Punjab.
Amarinder had directed director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for Harmanpreet's appointment as a DSP. Amarinder had said that her police training could be completed later and the 28-year-old could concentrate on her cricketing career.
Harmanpreet had joined the Indian Railways in Mumbai earlier to pursue her sporting career as the then Punjab government under chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not accede to her request for a job in the Punjab Police.
Amarinder Singh had stated that the Badal government's refusal to accede to her request was "injustice" to the woman cricketer.
The Punjab government had last year given a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to Harmanpreet for her performance in the World Cup.
Harmanpreet helped India storm into the final of the 2017 Women's World Cup with her unbeaten 171 against Australia.
Harmanpreet was also named as the captain of India's women's cricket team in the shortest format.