Patna: Sixty-five thousand police personnel, mainly constables and havildars in Bihar on Monday began the first of their five-phased protest against the government's alleged apathy to grant them various allowances.

All the police constables and havildars (sergeants) protested by wearing black badges during their duty hours in the first phase to draw the attention of the state government.

"Police officials deployed at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's official residence were seen wearing black badges to mark their protest," an Inspector General-rank police officer said.

The call for the protest has been given by the Bihar Policemen's Association to demand various allowances."In the second phase, police personnel will stage a dharna (sit-down strike) followed by a hunger strike," association leader Jitendra Kumar Singh said.

The association has threatened that all constables and havildars will go on mass leave in October in the fifth phase of their protest.

(Agencies)

 

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