In a major breather to the State government, the proposed protest on Saturday by police department to highlight pathetic working conditions was withdrawn and cent percent attendance was recorded in all police stations across Karnataka.
Reports say that Home Minister G Parameshwara assured constables that their issues would be solved in a week’s time.
"There are some issues that would require the involvement and approval from the finance department and the department of personnel and administrative reforms, it will take some time. We will coordinate with these departments and ensure that these issues are addressed within a month-and-a-half,” he was quoted as saying.
He further said that the 30 demands put forth by the Police Welfare Association would be discussed in consultation with the Chief Minister and that mandatory weekly off days will come into force with immediate effect, failing of which, the station house officers and SPs would be held responsible.
Ahead of the strike, the government had warned constables of invoking ESMA and families of the police personnel were warned of eviction from official quarters.
Poornima Shashidhar, the wife of Shashidhar Venugopal, president of Akhila Karnataka Police Mahasangha, was arrested on Saturday, after she tried to stage a protest.
Upparpet Police Inspector UD Krishna Kumar told The News Minute that she was placed under preventive custody and was released immediately.