A meeting between Deputy Commissioners of Police of 11 districts had a slightly different agenda this time: Discussing how to “handle” the media, and project all the good work being done by the police.
The meeting, held at a conference hall in the Delhi Police headquarters, was called by the two senior spokespersons of the Delhi Police — Special Commissioner of Police (chief spokesperson) Taj Hassan and Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak.
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According to a senior police officer, some officers present at the meeting complained that minutes after a crime takes place, journalists start calling them, and they struggled to provide details of an incident in such a short duration.
“Both senior spokespersons told them that things have changed and they now have to be quick. They also shared personal experiences with them, citing the example of Ram Kishan Grewal, a former Army personnel who committed suicide, allegedly over the One Rank One Pension issue. At the time, Pathak, after having a discussion with the Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, first issued a brief message about the situation, and held a detailed press meet later in the evening,” a senior police police officer said.
Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, in a recent meeting with the Delhi Police, had asked officers to project the good work done by them to the media.
Sources said both spokespersons asked the Deputy Commissioners of Police to check all press releases carefully, and put “interesting points” right at the beginning.