An MLA’s post on social media with photographs of women clad in State police jerseys sleeping near a toilet while travelling in a train, which went viral on Tuesday, has caused an uproar.
S. Suresh Kumar, Rajajinagar MLA, posted the photos on Monday with the comment: “This is how sportswomen belonging to State Police travel to a tournament.”
Mr. Kumar, who questioned the State police for not making proper arrangements for police personnel who could bring medals and honour for the department, later said the photo was of the women travelling to Kalaburagi for a sports meet in October 2016, and had been forwarded to him by a friend.
However, senior officials of the Police Department are crying foul. Additional Director-General of Police (Administration) Kamal Pant, who is also in charge of the sports authority, expressed doubts about the incident, saying that there was no provision for State police personnel to travel by train for a sports meet. “Police personnel have a provision to travel by bus within the State. Moreover, the State police force have to make vehicle arrangements to ferry personnel who generally travel in a group along with coach, captain, cook, and with the required equipment,” he said.