leaders in his affidavit, accusing them of instigating and even leading the frenzied mobs.
Behl said that Kalyanpuri was the place where more than 500-600 Sikhs were massacred. The editor further claimed that the police did not allow the victims of rioting to lodge FIRs or when they filed FIRs, they clubbed many cases of murder and arson that took in disparate places in one FIR.
“Senior police officers did not allow their subordinates to open fire on rioters while even the fire brigade refused to move to areas where cases of arson had been reported by police,” he alleged.
At least three officers interviewed by Cobrapost were unanimous in condemning the dubious role of former CP S C Tandon in not providing leadership to the force and castigated the then police chief without mincing words.
Criticising Tandon for “acting under the influence” of the government, SHO Tyagi said, “Toh jaane anjane mein wo government ke influence mein rahe hain ki unhone mismanage kiya shuru mein aur do din jab asal mein baat jab haath se nikal gayi (So, knowingly or unknowingly, he was under the influence of the government. He mismanaged in the beginning and in the first two days the situation went out of control),” he said.
Similarly, Yadav accuses Tandon of not providing leadership to the force, while Bhaskar says that instead of singling out some station house officers, the police chief’s head should have rolled, the news portal said.