Updated: November 5, 2019 9:35:47 pm
On a day thousands of cops staged a protest outside the Delhi Police Headquarters in the heart of the city against the assault by lawyers, both AAP and Congress questioned the silence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue. While Congress was more subdued in its attack on the ruling party, AAP said the Delhi Police was working like an “armed wing of the BJP”.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said police protesting on the roads in the national capital was a “new low” and wondered whether this was BJP’s ‘New India’. The Home Ministry is the final reporting authority of the Delhi Police. Delhi Police vs Lawyers Live Updates
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“A new low in 72 years – Police on protest in ‘National Capital of Delhi’. Is this BJP’s ‘New India’? Where will BJP take the country? Where is India’s HM, Sh. Amit Shah,” Surjewala said.
“Where is Home minister Amit Shah. Please come forward and tell us how do you want to ensure that law and order is maintained in the national capital of Delhi and the entire matter is being sorted out as per the cannons of law,” the Congress leader further said.
However, AAP, which has been demanding Delhi Police be brought under control of the elected government, was more scathing in its remarks against the BJP. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said BJP had “emboldened” Delhi Police so much that “we are living in a Police State”.
“The Police is least concerned about basic law and order issues in Delhi. Police officers are so arrogant. Delhi Police has been converted into Political Entity and works like an Armed Wing of BJP,” Bhardwaj said in a tweet.
The AAP leader further said the “ugly situation” in the capital showed “complete incompetence” of the home minister. “Amit Shah has completely failed the law and order situation in Delhi. Law and Order situation in Delhi is at its worst in last 70 years. Shah is busy making and breaking state governments,” he said.
The protest by police personnel has been building since last week when violent clashes between lawyers and policemen last week at Tis Hazari court in the national capital left many injured. A judicial inquiry has already been ordered into the Tis Hazari court violence.
An advocate suffered a gunshot injury, eight advocates were injured in lathicharge and at least 20 policemen were beaten up, apart from over 20 vehicles being damaged and set ablaze by lawyers.
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