Over 65,000 Bihar policemen threaten mass leave

Gaya, Oct 6 (IANS) Over 65,000 Bihar Police constables have threatened to go on five days mass leave from Oct 10 after talks between the state government and the policemen's association failed, an official said Saturday.
After negotiations with officials of the state administration failed, the policemen would go on leave from Oct 10 to 14, Bihar Policemen's Association president Jitendra Kumar Singh said.

"We have no option but to protest," he told IANS.

He said policemen would not join duty during the mass leave if their demands were not fulfilled.

The association's demands include grade pay of Rs.2,000 at par with other states, appointment of a havaldar over four constables and an assistant sub-inspector over 12 constables.

In the first phase of protests Sep 10, the constables wore black badges on duty. Then they staged a sit-in during duty hours Sep 18 followed by two mass hunger strikes - Sep 26-28 and Oct 3-5.




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