Jodhpur/Jaipur, October 17:  Over 250 policemen went on a day’s mass leave and some of them refused to give guard of honour to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leaving the Vasundhara Raje government red-faced. The constabulary went on leave following rumours that a government order would reduce their pay scales.

“More than 250 policemen went on a day’s mass leave on Monday. It was not a sanctioned leave. They absented themselves from duty… some of them were part of the guard of honour, but they refused to report for duty. We had to replace them with other policemen,” Jodhpur Police Commissioner Ashok Rathod told Times of India.

Terming it a “serious” issue, Rathod said action would be taken against the guilty policemen. “The action will be uniform in nature,” Rathod said.

Rumours have been doing the round that policemen’s pay scale grades would be reduced from the existing Rs 24,000 to the proposed Rs 19,000 per month. A WhatsApp message in this regard went viral among groups of constables.

In a bid to dispel any pay cut rumours, the DGP has issued a letter to inspector generals and district superintendents of police asking them to speak to the protesting constables.