Arrested for taking out protest demonstration
PUDUCHERRY: More than hundred fire service personnel, including fire fighters, have been remanded to judicial custody after they were arrested for taking out a protest demonstration in the town.
On Thursday morning, a total of 104 fire service personnel deserted their posts and took out a procession wearing uniform from the Fire Service Station at Subbiah Salai to demand parity in salary with policemen. They were taken into preventive custody under Section 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code
They were produced before Franklin Laltinkhuma, magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate (South), who is in-charge for North Division. He directed them to produce a bond for “keeping peace.” Of the 104 produced before the magistrate, only two agreed to execute the bond.
The Sub Divisional Magistrate remanded the remaining personnel to judicial custody. All of them were taken to Central Prison at Kalapet.
A senior government official told The Hindu that a proposal to increase the salary had been pending with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The territorial administration could not take a decision on its own in such issues.
As an alternative measure, a group of men from Home Guards trained in fire fighting had been posted at the fire stations to tackle the situation.
Drivers attached to Fire Service had not joined the striking members, the official added.