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Cops act on L-G’s order, send their own on paid leave

Kritika Sharma
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Police lathi-charge an AAP supporter duringthe party's dharna in New Delhi on Tuesday.– PHOTO: PTI
Police lathi-charge an AAP supporter duringthe party's dharna in New Delhi on Tuesday.– PHOTO: PTI

Following an order from Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to “restore the law and order situation in the Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations”, the Delhi Police on Tuesday said they acted on the Delhi Chief Minister’s demand for initiating action against the policemen, sending two of their inspectors on paid leave.

However, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal -- who had initially demanded suspension of five police officers, including three inspectors and two ACPs, on charges of misconduct and inaction -- called it a “partial victory”.

Station House of Officer of Malviya Nagar Vijay Pal, who had refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring on the orders of Law Minister Somnath Bharti, and Police Control Room van in-charge of Paharganj, Ramji Lal, under whose jurisdiction a Danish woman was gang-raped by eight persons a few days ago, were sent on leave, paving the way for an end to the State Government’s face-off with the Centre.

Talking on the issue, a senior Delhi Police officer told The Hindu: “We have acted on the Lieutenant- Governor’s order to restore the law and order situation in the Capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.”

Hours before the dharna ended, high drama unfolded at the protest venue near Rail Bhawan when Aam Aadmi Party supporters while breaking the barricades on Rafi Marg were lathi-charged by the police around 3-30 p.m.

There was heavy deployment of force at the high-security zone in that houses Parliament, Prime Minister's Office, various ministries and Rashtrapati Bhavan. In the morning the number of people at the protest site dwindled following heavy downpour, but as the day progressed the crowd swelled.

However, police prevented them from coming near the protest venue. They had barricaded the area from four sides.

The police officers claimed that they were operating under difficult conditions and trying to maintain law and order in the area and in doing so, they had to resort to mild use of force.

The AAP volunteers later accused the Delhi Police of brutality and inhuman behaviour. They also accused them of having misbehaved with a journalist earlier in the day.

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