Distressed with difficult working conditions, poor food, non-payment of allowances and alleged harassment by seniors, more than 200 CISF personnel deployed at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) have moved Karnataka High Court. The soldiers have decided to seek legal aid after raising several rounds of internal complaints and writing a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The standard of food is poor, we have break-less shifts, don’t get house rent and transport allowances. There is ill treatment by seniors and even instances of salaries being cut arbitrarilyCISF Personnel at Kempegowda International Airport
As many as 344 men of the Central Armed Police Forces have committed suicide in the last three years and 15 of them died the first three months of 2017, according to the ministry of home affairs. The latest complaints suggest that their working conditions have got no improvement.
15 percent of the total men who killed themselves are from CISF. Besides, there have also been 25 cases of fratricide, or, killing or firing at colleagues of which 52 percent or 13 of them are from CISF, the Times of India reports.
In January, one jawan shot himself at KIA with his service weapon.
This incident took place at a time over 400 CRPF soldiers hospitalised in a suspected food poisoning in Kerala on Sunday. Over the last few months, several people from different armed forces have come out complaining about the poor working condition and harassment in the forces. One personnel had to allegedly kill himself after a video in which he talks about the harassment went viral.