Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 3: A document e-mailed to the Kerala Police chief by another director general of police on the internal network was leaked at the police headquarters, raising doubts about information security on a network where confidential and sensitive matters are passed on. The intelligence wing has found that personnel at the ministerial department leaked the minutes of a welfare bureau meeting to protest their exclusion from police canteen facilities.
The document sent on the Internal Administrative Processing System (IAPS) was out even before Director General of Police K.S. Balasubramanian got to see it. It was sent to ministerial section personnel in all the district police headquarters on the same system, which is a part of the police website. This included a warning against the Kerala Police Association office-bearers, who opposed any move to extend canteen facilities to ministerial staff.
The leaked minutes were from a meeting of the Police Welfare Bureau held at the police headquarters on February 25, three days before the retirement of Director General of Police M.N. Krishnamoorthy. The Director General of Police, who presided over the meeting, had included on the agenda of the meeting a demand by the ministerial staff to extend the police canteen facilities to them.
Kerala Police Association representatives, however, objected to this, saying the meeting was meant to discuss only policemen’s issues. The meeting, attended by Welfare Bureau secretary T.J. Jose, Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh and the representatives of all associations of policemen and officers, decided to refer the matter to the police chief.
The minutes were sent by the J4 section clerk at the police headquarters as per the order of Krishnamoorthy. After the file was leaked, it was sent to all ministerial staff by a clerk in the office of the Palakkad Superintendent of Police.
Top officials complain that the internal communication network has been turned into a fight club between the ministerial staff and police associations.