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Indian origin cop alleges bias

Danny Pillai, an Indian origin police inspector in South Africa, alleged that he has been passed over for promotion twice.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 15:47 IST

An Indian origin police officer in South Africa has alleged that he has been sidelined and discriminated against as he has been confined to a wheelchair for three years now.

Police inspector Danny Pillai sustained serious injuries when he was tackling an armed robbery three years ago.

He has been wheelchair-bound ever since.

Speaking to the Daily News newspaper, he alleged that he has been passed over for promotion twice and has still not been "assessed" for his injuries.

He also claimed that nobody has come to his home to get a statement about the incident.

In March 2003, Pillay, based in the Cato Manor police station at the time, and a colleague were called to a house in the Sydenham area of Durban where an armed robbery was taking place.

In the course of the encounter, he was shot in the neck while his partner sustained injuries in her hand and chest.

Though he underwent a speedy recovery, he was confined to a wheelchair. Admitting that special equipment would need to be installed at the station for him, he said that he was very keen to resume his duties.

"Initially when I was shot, the entire police force was concerned about me and kept in touch with me. Now it's only my close friends from the station who keep in touch with me," he told the newspaper.

"I'm now having problems getting back to work. I have to work because I have a family to support and take care of."

Charging the state with not assessing him quarterly, as is the procedure, he said that this had affected his salary progression as well.

"I need to go to the station every month to fetch my pay slip. Even this is not posted to me," said Pillay, who has been in the police force for 17 years.

The Daily News also quoted a police spokesperson as saying that the authorities concerned were investigating Pillay's complaints and the findings would be released as soon as the investigation was over.