CM Pinarayi Vijayan Calls top cops; More complaints erupts on slave treatment

In the backdrop of the controversy over the slave treatment of a subordinate by ADGP in Kerala police, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called a meeting of top police officers in the State on June 20.

DGP Loknath Behera had issued an order to estimate the number of camp followers in police camps in Kerala as part of the decision to call back the policemen who have been assigned as supporting staff of top cops without an order issued in this regard.

In the official order issued on Saturday, DGP had asked to file the complete list of camp followers before Sunday noon. However, the estimation of the number of camp followers was continuing on Sunday night.

The number of policemen working under Ministers, political leaders, judges and officials working in various commissions is also being ascertained. ADGP S Ananda Krishnan is collecting the details on the directions of police chief Loknath Behera.

The action has been initiated after the incident of ADGP Sudesh Kumar’s daughter allegedly assaulted a police driver.

DGP Behera issued the order after holding a video conference with top police officials on Saturday.

The number of policemen deployed to provide personal security to officials, number of camp followers deployed district wise, and the number of daily wages and permanent employees are also being collected.

The details are collected foreseeing the situation of the Opposition raising the issue in the Assembly on Monday. According to unconfirmed preliminary report, around 600 personnel are doing household work. Some officials have around 20 personnel with them.

As per rules, officials are not permitted to deploy more staff other than those sanctioned by the government through an order. Only the IG and the district police chief has been granted permission to use supporting staff for home duty. Other than the IG and the district police chiefs, no other police officials has the right to utilise policemen or camp followers in their houses.

Amidst the controversy over the slave treatment of a subordinate by ADGP in Kerala police, more policemen have come up with allegations against top police officials.The DGP has received a complaint that policemen have been made to household work at the house of Battalion Deputy commandant PV Raju’s house.

When an IPS official who had served as the Thiruvananthapuram Commissioner was transferred to Kochi, he took the camp followers with him. After taking charge in Kochi, he appointed a new person also.

Meanwhile the camp followers’ association has alleged that the estimation of is a farce.The district police chiefs are only informing the details available in the records to the police headquarters. The association alleges that Several policemen are being made to household work. These are not available in records.

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