Bengaluru cop in dock for steel flyover jibe on Facebook

Kalasipalya inspector Raghavendra Ramanna had allegedly posted the FB message in Kannada on Saturday night.

Published: 15th November 2016 12:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2016 12:41 PM   |  A+A-


People from various residents’ associations and other forums protest in support of the steel flyover on Saturday | Pushkar V

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A police inspector, who took a dig at the steel flyover project in a Facebook post asking how the Karnataka government intended to implement it after the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, has been issued a memo by his department.

Kalasipalya inspector Raghavendra Ramanna had allegedly posted the FB message in Kannada on Saturday night.

"What happened to the steel bridge story? Has Modi's master stroke (ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency) made it disappear? The black money that was supposed to be transacted will now disappear. How is the master stroke. Activists (who were against steel bridge construction) can say it is a win for the protest that they held, “the message read.

While about 128 people liked the post, his department obviously didn't. Ramanna's taunting message was removed half an hour later, however that didn't help.

The matter reached the higher-ups when a reporter questioned Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), west Anucheth about the post.

Home minister G Parameshwara, who got to know about the post, is said to have taken the matter up seriously seeking an explanation and subsequently strict action from city police commissioner N S Megharikh. Anucheth said, "I have issued a memo seeking Ramanna's explanation for his post on government policy within 3 days."

Incidentally, Ramanna had recently earned the praise of the top brass in the department for a novel initiative. After being posted at Kalasipalya station three months ago, he introduced a concept "hero of the month" to encourage his subordinates. So, cops who cracked a case or did something noteworthy would find their pictures pasted in the  station captioned as heroes. The concept was much appreciated by the department then.

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