COVID: 500 Kolkata Police personnel stage protest against containment zones duty
"We are being sent on duty in high-risk areas. There are several policemen who have been infected with the virus. This cannot go on," a police officer of the Combat Force said.
West Bengal is in the middle of yet another controversy. Around 500 personnel of the Kolkata Police Combat Force staged a protest late on Tuesday night. They were disgruntled over being deployed in COVID-19 containment zones. The protesters alleged that they were being deployed in areas where chances of contracting COVID-19 is high.
The policemen had demonstrated inside the Police Training School (PTS) complex on Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road late on Tuesday, a senior police officer told news agency PTI.
Sources said the protesting police personnel gheraoed the vehicle of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Combat Battalion, Col Nevendera Singh Paul as he tried to initiate a dialogue. They later allegedly vandalised his vehicle.
"We are being sent on duty in high-risk areas. There are several policemen who have been infected with the virus. This cannot go on," a police officer of the Combat Force told PTI.
When contacted, a senior police officer of Kolkata Police said an investigation has been launched to ascertain the facts.
"An investigation is underway. There can be disappointment among the policemen regarding the duty schedule,” he said. “No acts of indiscipline will not be tolerated”. Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited the complex and assured the agitating police personnel of looking into their demands.
At least seven policemen have so far been infected by COVID-19 in West Bengal.
(Image representational, Source: PTI)