Police constable seeks permission to ‘beg-in-uniform’ to live

A constable working in the Mumbai police has asked permission to “beg-in uniform”, saying he can not support his family as he hasn’t been receiving salary for the last two months.

In his letter to department superiors, Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, constable Dnyaneshwar Ahirrao has asked permission to beg to take care of his wife and manage household expenses.

In the letter, Ahirrao, attached to the Local Arms unit, said he had taken leave from March 20-22. However, as his wife’s leg got fractured, he could not report to duty when the leave expired, he said.

Ahirrao, posted with the security team at `Matoshree’, the residence of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, claimed that he informed his unit in-charge over the phone about the emergency leave he was availing of for five days. Following his wife’s treatment, he resumed duty on March 28, he said.

But after this, he stopped getting the salary, his letter said, without revealing more information.

“I have to take care of my ill wife, old parents and a daughter. Besides, I have to pay a monthly instalment of the loan I have taken. But since my salary has been stopped, I am unable to meet these expenses. So I want permission from you to beg-in uniform,” the letter said.

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