Action against cops who refused guard of honour to Rajnath

Action against cops who refused guard of honour to Rajnath
Rajasthan's additional director general of police (law and order) N R K Reddy has sought an inquiry against the policemen who refused to give guard of honour to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh.

The policemen were among the 250 police constables from various districts who went on a mass leave on Monday.

Superintendents of police (SP) in the respective districts have been asked to take action against the constables who refused to give guard of honour to Singh.

Singh was on a brief visit to Jodhpur to inaugurate a regional training centre for the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

The constabulary went on leave following rumours that a government order would reduce their pay scales.

"Some of the policemen who were supposed to give guard of honour to the Union minister were part of the mass leave. They refused to come on duty though their leaves were not sanctioned. However, we replaced them with other policemen," Jodhpur Police Commissioner Ashok Rathore confirmed to DH.

Stating it as a matter of indiscipline, Rathod said uniform action will be taken against them.

A letter was issued on Monday evening to inspector generals and district superintendents of police.

The letter directs the SPs to speak to the protesting police personnel and call them back on duty.

The constabulary has been staging protests across the state for a fortnight over an alleged salary cut since a WhatsApp message, which said their pay will be reduced from Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000 per month, began to circulate.

Their protest was previously limited only to boycotting the mess facility and wearing black ribbons during duty hours.
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