The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a notice to Delhi police and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over alleged police assault on a tempo driver and his minor son in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar and directed the media not to reveal the identity of the minor.
Expressing displeasure over the incident, the court said citizens must feel that the police force is for them, especially children. The police have told the court FIR has been registered against erring officials and a probe has been transferred to the crime branch.
“Delhi Police has many fine officers, if there are some who can’t control themselves, action needs to be taken against them. Those who assaulted the father are separate but identify the ones who assaulted the child. If uniform force is acting in this manner, it would scare citizens,” a bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the court’s order. Taking to Twitter, he said “I welcome the Delhi High Court order against police brutalities on Sarabjeet Singh and his minor son at Mukherjee Nagar. Those entrusted with protecting citizens cannot create discord in society and spread senseless violence.”
I welcome the Delhi High Court order against police brutalities on Sarabjeet Singh and his minor son at Mukherjee Nagar.
Those entrusted with protecting citizens cannot create discord in the society and spread senseless violence
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2019
The case pertains to a brawl between police officers and a tempo driver on Sunday. The incident reportedly took place after the driver’s vehicle collided with a police van. Video clips of the incident, which are viral on social media, showed the tempo driver chasing policemen with a sword in his hand. Another video caught policemen thrashing him with batons. Petitioners claimed the duo were brutally assaulted by police and sought calling of records, including medical reports, of the case.
The police had registered cross cases over the incident and three policemen, including two assistant subinspectors, were handed suspension for “unprofessional conduct”.
When Shalimar Bagh ACP KG Tyagi went there to inform them about the suspension of the three police personnel, he was allegedly beaten up by protesters at Mukherjee Nagar on Sunday evening.
The incident had taken a political turn with Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa protesting outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station until late on Sunday. He demanded that the policemen involved should be sacked as they insulted the man by attacking his turban.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also demanded strict action against the guilty and impartial investigation into the incident.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, meanwhile, condemned the Delhi Police over the incident and sought intervention from the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.