All policemen below the rank of inspectors are scared. “The senior officers have it easy while we, despite working round-the-clock, face the heat and get suspended,” said a constable, who has been in service for 20 years.
Even police commissioner Neeraj Kumar’s “no one will be sacked” assurance cut little ice, as nearly a dozen police personnel, of them eight junior-level, have already been suspended.
The returns — salaries, perks and promotions — are also not in keeping with the nature of the job. Sources said over 10,000 officers of constable to sub-inspector rank are in service for 20 years but didn't get a single promotion despite rules specifying a promotion in 10 years.
Tomar may have even sparked a little jealousy in his death. “He got compensation, but what about others who faced injuries? Are senior officers waiting for us to die?” asked another constable.