A Bengaluru police constable has been given a week's notice by higher rank officers to explain why the he had sent an inappropriate message on a police team WhatsApp group.
While it is not so uncommon for people to send messages to a wrong window and follow it up with an apology, for police constable Raj Kumar Guylai, who is attached to Mico Layout police station, this action has amounted to violation of workplace etiquette, as the group had senior police officials and women police personnel, including south-east DCP Rohini Katoch Sepat.
According to Bangalore Mirror, on November 22, Guylai, who was on night duty, sent a voice message in English saying “I want sex”. The message seemed to have embarrassed the group members, and they demanded a notice to be issued to him by his police station.
Mico-Layout sub-division ACP Obalesh in his notice said that disciplinary action would be taken if there was no response from him in a week, said the BM report.
Mico Layout Sub-Division Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Obalesh said in his notice to the constable wrote: “You have sent this vulgar message to the group that is meant for the usage of official communications. You have embarrassed all and it is against the police discipline. I direct you to answer within seven days for this and explain why we should not take a disciplinary action against you.”
Bangalore Mirror reported that all the policemen of south-east division police, including crime constables, sub-inspectors, inspectors and senior officers are part of the group where they share pictures, leads on cases, and discuss ideas. The idea behind setting up a WhatsApp group was to keep the lower ranked personnel from approaching the senior officers to share insignificant information and the group acts like a filter to messages.
This is an aggregated report from Bangalore Mirror