UP cop who complained about mess food sent on “long leave”

The Uttar Pradesh police constable Manoj Kumar who had highlighted the issue of substandard quality food served at the mess at Firozabad police lines has been sent on a “long leave.”

This comes days after a video in which the cop is seen complaining bitterly about the food and crying about it went viral on social media.

Kumar said to Times of India on Friday that he has been forcefully sent on leave and that his job is in danger.

Kumar also said to newspaper that the senior police officers, in their zeal to declare him mentally unstable and a “bad character”, even listed some actions taken against him over matters that “took place in the future.”

“While declaring a list of actions taken against me, senior officers mentioned two cases that took place in ‘November 2022.’ I stand by my words. No probe is pending against me. Senior officers listed some past proceedings against me just to the issue of substandard food. They want to cover up the matter by defaming me and by creating the narrative that I am mentally unsound,” 26-year-old Kumar said to TOI.

He went on to say: “I was roughed up and locked in in a room after the video went viral on social media. My phone was snatched and the entire data was deleted. They even tried to take me to to the Institute of Mental Health and Hospital in Agra. Later, after warning me not to speak to the media, I was sent on a seven-day leave. I had not applied for leave and my job is in danger.”

Meanwhile, in a tweet on Wednesday, Firozabad police said that constable Kumar had earlier faced disciplinary action on 15 occasions in the last few years for various reasons – from being absent to indiscipline and negligence.