He has been serving in the police for over three decades while his daughter joined the force four years ago but on Sunday when they came face to face, he saluted her.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) A.R. Umamaheswara Sarma said that he felt proud to salute his senior officer Sindhu Sarma, who is the Superintendent of Police of Jagtiyal district of Telangana.
Sarma, who is retiring next year, is currently serving as DCP in Malkajgiri area under the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate in Hyderabad while his daughter Sindhu Sarma is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the 2014 batch.
The father-daughter duo came face to face while doing their duty at the public meeting held by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) at Kongara Kalan at the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday.
"This is the first time we have come together while doing our duties. I am fortunate to work with her," said Umamaheswara Sarma, who began his career as sub-inspector and was recently conferred the IPS rank.
"She is my senior officer. When I see her, I salute her. We do our respective duties and don't discuss this, but at home we are just like any father and daughter," said the proud father.
Sindhu, who was looking after women's security at the public meeting, said: "I am very happy. This is a good opportunity for us to work together."
The TRS put up a huge show of strength ahead of likely declaration of early assembly polls with several lakh party workers converging at a rally abutting the city’s Outer Ring Road after a call by state Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to signal their preparation for the elections.
The massive mobilisation included over 12,000 tractors, 15,000 buses including those belonging to schools and state roadways, 30,000 cars and jeeps besides other vehicles from all parts of the state decked with party posters and flags.
Several thousand policeman were also present at the event.