Registering cases for quarantine violations dip: Policemen face the heat
Kannur: Assistant Sub Inspectors undergo compulsory training in Kannur as punishment for violating Covid quarantine duties. Apart from physical training, 10 police officers have to do extra duty for a week in other stations. The police officers allege that they are being punished even after the government changed the Covid protocols and that is not fair. However, commissioner R Ilango asserted that the departmental action has been taken against police officers who violated quarantine duty.
A nodal officer has been assigned to check quarantine violations in each police station and the commissioner has directed the nodal officer to take a certain number of cases on grounds of quarantine breach. The officers who were punishment include officers who failed to register the required number of cases.
The police officers, along with those who are more than 50 years of age, were penalised and were given training at Kannur police parade ground. They have to go through half an hour of physical training and then extra work at Mattannur police station.
Many officials accused the commissioner’s action and said it would hamper the confidence of police officers. Public life has come back to normal with the changes brought in Covid protocols. Hence how could they be blamed for registering less cases on quarantine violations, question the police officers.
The city police commissioner said that he had warned officers several times on their poor action against Covid protocol violaters. Yet the officers continued with their slack approach. The officers shall not take this as punishment but as a departmental action, added the commissioner.