to Ananova news service, police in the eastern India city of Calcutta
have threatened to strike after three constables were ordered
to do 100 sit-ups in public. The men were caught extorting bribes
from truckdrivers for minor traffic violations.
Association, which represents police officers, said the "harsh
treatment" was "too humiliating" for the force.
According to the Hindustan Times, deputy police commissioner Sanjoy
Mukherjee frisked them, confiscated their money and issued suspension
orders on the spot.
ordered the constables to do 100 sit-ups each by the side of a
busy city road. Then, he used a megaphone to invite the public,
including the passing truck and bus drivers, to watch them being
who are often poorly paid, commonly ask for bribes in exchange
for tearing up tickets. "We are all trying to root out corruption,
but what Mr. Mukherjee did was blatantly illegal and unconstitutional,"
said an association spokesman. "Unless he tenders an unconditional
apology, we will go on a strike and also move the court against