Planned protest flops as police personnel report to duty

Planned protest flops as police personnel report to duty

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-04 19:23 Chickpet Police Station Bengaluru: State police personnel’s threat to go on ‘mass leave’ on Saturday fizzled out, with constables reporting to duty as usual across the state.On Saturday morning, senior police officials and jurisdictional DCPs began doing the rounds in their respective jurisdictions to ensure no staff struck work, with the developments being closely monitored by the police commissioner, DGP, and the IGP.Police personnel were present at their respective stations and offices by 8 am on Saturday. Most of them were hoping that various organisations would protest on behalf of them. However, no such protest took place.The department, as a precautionary step, had made elaborate security arrangements. Some of the central forces were stationed in the city. However, no situation arrived to make use of the central forces, as there was no strike or protest.To ensure law and order was not compromised, the administration had deployed 13 companies of Central Reserve Police Force, Railway Protection Force and other central forces, apart from 11,000 home guards.The police department had also ensured heavy deployment at the police quarters to discourage and monitor families who may participate in the protest. Preventive custodyThe central division police were closely monitoring the movements of Poornima Shashidhar, wife of Shashidhar Venugopal, president of Akhila Karnataka Police Mahasangha.  Venugopal was recently arrested on sedition charges and under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and other sections under the Indian Penal Code.The police placed Shashidhar under preventive custody on Saturday, as she reportedly tried to stage a protest, backed by a few organisations. A warrant had already been executed against her in anticipation of her trying to stage a protest, sources said.