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With protesting cops applying for mass leave, Rajasthan police in a fix before festive season

The policemen have also resorted to other methods of protest such as shaving their heads and boycotting food served in the official mess.

jaipur Updated: Oct 16, 2017 19:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Some policemen from an outpost in Jaipur who were protesting by shaving their heads were sent to the lines.(TWITTER)

Policemen in many districts have threatened to go on mass leave before Diwali in suspicion of pay cut after the implementation of the seventh pay commission, leaving the police department in a tough situation.

The policemen have also resorted to other methods of protest such as shaving their heads and boycotting food served in the official mess.

“Some policemen from the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) received less salary owing to the pay cut earlier this month. After protest, they were repaid the money which was deducted from them,” said one of the protesting policemen on condition of anonymity.

He added that many cops are currently afraid that an order for the pay cut will be released soon.

“We haven’t received any assurance from the government that our salary won’t be reduced. We demand an immediate order be released to assure us. More than a lakh cops in the state are currently protesting,” he added.

The policemen, mostly constables, in various districts are protesting through a large array of methods- from boycotting mess food, to wearing black arm bands or shaving their heads.

“We have instructed all district SPs to interact with the protesting cops and explain to them not to believe in the rumours,” said additional director general of police, law and order, NRK Reddy.

He added that around 250 police personnel from various districts have applied for leave.

“Strict action will be taken against those flouting rules and not doing their duty. In most of the cases talks have been successful and we are hoping that a consensus could be reached soon,” said Reddy.

Six cops from a police outpost in Jaipur rural were sent to the lines after they had shaved their heads in protest of the possible salary cut.

With the cops threatening to go on mass leave, the force is staring at a potential law and order problem as during the festive season increased numbers of personnel are deployed at various places.

Director general of police Ajit Singh said that he had met government representatives and discussed the issue.

“I have spoken to the government and we presented the case of the policemen. I don’t think there is any intention on anybody’s part to single out cops for pay cuts. We are hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon,” said Singh.

The opposition has also targeted the government over the issue.

“Police constables in Rajasthan, who play a significant role in maintaining law and order situation are agitating with some demands. They have boycotted the mess too but government has paid no heed. Government must talk to them and find a solution,” former chief minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted on Monday.

The protesting policemen met Congress state unit president Sachin Pilot on Monday and presented a memorandum to him seeking for his support.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 19:26 IST