Bengaluru, June 2 (IANS) Authorities on Thursday arrested Karnataka state police association leader V. Shashidhar for planning to spearhead a strike on June 4, protesting exploitation, low pay and poor working conditions. His wife said they would move court.
“A case has been registered at Yelahanka New Town police station and Karnataka police association president Shahidhar has been arrested and presented before local court which remanded him to judicial custody till June 16,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner N.S. Megharikh.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club, Shashidhar’s wife Poornima Shashidhar said: “Nearly 30 policemen raided our home at midnight and seized my husband’s mobile phone, laptop, pamphlets and took him into custody.
“There was no need for thirty people to come to our residence to arrest him. He (Shashidhar) is not a terrorist, he was only supporting the police cause. We will fight it out in the court,” she added.
On Wednesday, the Karnataka government stringently warned against the planned agitation and invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (Esma) for maintaining public order and safety across the state.
Despite the warning, the Karnataka state police association which includes the 60,000 constabulary force has decided to push forward with their en masse leave on Saturday.
Shashidhar alleged that constables are being forced to work for irregular and long hours, without proper leave mechanism and harassment by senior officers.