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A police constable on Wednesday, 10 August, cried and protested against the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad over the issue of allegedly providing substandard food to police personnel.
"The food that is being given, you can see it on my plate, even an animal cannot eat this food, but it is fed to us. It is a scam by the senior superintendent of police and the DCP. Through these people, police personnel are provided poor quality food," the police constable, named Manoj Kumar, said.
"There's nobody to listen. I've been starving since the morning," he added.
Kumar was also seen carrying a plate of food across the road and showing it to pedestrians and people in driving by. At one point he even sat down on the road as a mark of protest.
He also said that bad quality food was provided despite assurances given by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that the allowances given to police personnel will be increased by around 30 percent to ensure a nutritious diet for them.
He was later whisked away by the police and driven away into a car.
'Protesting Official Has Been Punished 15 Times Over Last Few Years': Police
Meanwhile, the Firozabad Police said that they were investigating regarding the quality of the food. They also added that the constable who was seen crying and protesting had been punished 15 times in the last few years over a number of issues.
"In the complaint tweet related to the quality of food of the mess, the CO City is investigating. It is noteworthy that the said complainant constable has been punished 15 times over habitual indiscipline, absenteeism, and negligence in the last few years," the Firozabad Police tweeted.
Kumar also used to protest in the mess daily over the quality of food being given to him and others, alleging that the food items, including lentils, chapatti, and rice, were raw.
The mess manager, however, said that Kumar used to raise unnecessary hue and cry regarding the quality of food.
"Captain sir does not want to listen to any kind of problem of mine and the RI (Reserve Inspector) says that I will be suspended immediately," Kumar said, adding, "I have told DGP sir regarding the problem several times, but till date no solution has been provided."