Use of force: AAP leader seeks DCP’s suspension

Alleging illegal conduct in the tree-felling issue at Aarey colony, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon has written to the Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, and Director General of the Maharashtra Police, demanding suspension of Deputy Commissioner of Police D.S. Swami of Zone XII. Ms. Menon has also sought an inquiry against all officials involved in the detention and arrests of citizens.

On the night of October 4, Ms. Menon said, policemen slapped, pushed, pinched, lathi-charged, and dragged citizens who gathered at Aarey after learning about massive tree-cutting in the proposed Metro car shed site. She said the arrests began around 11.30 p.m. and continued throughout the night.

“I reached around midnight and was lathi-charged by Mr. Swami himself,” Ms. Menon said, alleging that the senior police officer called for police vans and BEST buses to run over the protesters, including her.

“Media and social media is rife with cases, including photographs and videos, and testimonies of citizens who were attacked by Mr. Swami and the police force,” she said.

Demanding an FIR against him, the AAP leader said, “This was not merely an excessive use of force but a violent attack on ordinary citizens of India who were only trying to do their constitutional duty to protect trees.”

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