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Updated: February 24, 2012 11:47 IST

Delhi Police to act against cops who used excess force: Commissioner

Devesh K. Pandey
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Delhi Police Commissioner B. K.Gupta at Police Headquarters on Thursday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma
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Delhi Police Commissioner B. K.Gupta at Police Headquarters on Thursday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma

Delhi Police Commissioner B. K. Gupta on Thursday said if necessary more cases would be registered in the wake of the Supreme Court order directing the police to register criminal cases against the police personnel and members of the gathering at Ramlila Maidan, whether they were followers of Baba Ramdev or otherwise, who indulged in violence and damaged property last year.

The Delhi Police have already named Baba Ramdev in a case registered at the Kamla Market police station on June 5 last year, hours after the midnight crackdown on his supporters, for alleged rioting, assault on public servants, causing hurt and unlawful assembly among other charges. The Supreme Court has directed the police to complete the investigations and file a report within three months.

Mr. Gupta pointed out that the Supreme Court in its order had differentiated between the collective and individual responsibility of the members of the force.

“I find from the evidence on record that some of the police officers/personnel were very cooperative with the members of the assembly and helped them to vacate the Ramlila Maidan, while others were violent, inflicted cane injuries, threw bricks and even used tear-gas shells, causing fire on the stage and total commotion and confusion among the large gathering,” said the order.

The apex court directed that disciplinary action be taken against all the erring police officers/personnel who had indulged in brick-batting, resorted to lathi-charge and excessive use of tear-gas shells upon the crowd, exceeded their authority or acted in a manner not permissible under the prescribed procedures, rules or the standing orders and their actions had an element of criminality.

“The police personnel who were present in the pandal and still did not help the evacuation of the large gathering and in transportation of sick and injured people to the hospitals have, in my opinion, also rendered themselves liable for appropriate disciplinary action,” said the order.

Stating that the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, which had organised the yoga camp at Ramlila Maidan, had been found guilty of contributory negligence, Mr. Gupta said the Supreme Court did not find imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code mala fide. He said the power of the police to grant permission for holding dharnas and rallies had been upheld.However, the Court found the police action partially suffering from the vice of arbitrariness.

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We the people pay for the salary and comforts of the Delhi Police and we the people suffer the excessess of the samd Delhi Police. Committing brutual violance on the countrymen by the custodian of law and then finding excuses spade by spade rather plead apology to countrymen is regrettable.

from:  BK Periwal
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012 at 17:41 IST

police was doing their job but people so called followers of ramdev
were doing mess.when police did their job by the order of their
seniors then,why they are guilty and paying for their jobs.where all
seniors who ordered their department to do they are disappear
and only other staff who are on camera suffers.if they dont have right
to fight enough for wrong things they cant take decisions then why
they are into force where they put their lives but cant take criminals
in the name of justice and so many laws.after all they also are human
being and if we are talking about corruption then just name me one
such department where corruption doesn't exist.but yes this department
should be more responsible and reliable but for that we should also
understand their need and should remember that we ignore their all
good task when we see single mistake.

from:  Afroz
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 13:15 IST
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