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Jodhpur cops absent from guard of honour for Rajnath Singh may face action

Jodhpur police commissioner Ashok Rathore said an inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the role of more than 250 policemen who didn’t report for duty.

jaipur Updated: Oct 17, 2017 17:51 IST
HT Correspondent
Several policemen in the state have shaved their heads as a protest. (HT Photo)
Several policemen in the state have shaved their heads as a protest. (HT Photo)

Rajasthan policemen skipping a guard of honour for visiting Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Jodhpur on Monday will face an inquiry and could face punitive action.

Jodhpur police commissioner Ashok Rathore said on Tuesday an inquiry will be conducted to ascertain the role of more than 250 policemen who didn’t report for duty the previous day.

The cops went on mass leave allegedly supporting protests against a suspected salary cut after the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations are implemented. Among them were around eight policemen assigned for the Union minister’s guard of honour.

“They attended the morning parade but weren’t present after that. These men had an array of duties related to law and order and naturally all these were affected,” Rathore said.

The commissioner said the guard of honour was not affected as cops filled in for their absent colleagues.

According to him, “almost everyone” reported for duty on Tuesday.

Policemen in the state were adopting various methods of protest such as shaving their heads and boycotting food served in the official mess.

Director general of police Ajit Singh had asked officers to interact with the protesting constables and dispel rumours about a pay cut. He also appealed to the policemen not to believe rumours spread through social media.