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At Singhu, 2 Delhi Police personnel ‘assaulted’ while taking photos of protest site

Reacting on the incident, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait claimed, “The police personnel were in civil clothes and the protesters must have mistaken them for media persons who are trying to take photos without permission.”

Written by Jignasa Sinha | New Delhi |
Updated: June 13, 2021 9:11:21 am
Police deployed at Singhu border. (Express file photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Two Delhi Police assistant sub-inspectors were allegedly assaulted by protesting farmers at Singhu border on Thursday.

Police said a team of the Special Branch of Delhi Police went there to check security arrangements and conditions on the ground. The two personnel, who were in plainclothes, were taking photos and shooting videos for the team when a group allegedly surrounded them, beat them up, and removed them from the area.

A senior police officer from the Special Branch said, “The policemen were doing their duty. One of the policemen severely injured his leg and the other has a fractured wrist. They filed a complaint at Narela police station and a case has been registered.”

An FIR was registered at Narela police station on the complaint of ASI Ramesh. According to the FIR, Ramesh and ASI Chander Singh went to the Singhu border around 3.30 pm as farmers from Panipat had joined the protest.

“I was standing near a shed and taking photos when a woman and two-three other protesters came out and asked me about the photographs and how I reached the protest site. They said I was snooping on them by taking photos and videos. While I was talking to them, I started walking towards Delhi’s side (of the border). The woman followed me with her friends,” reads the FIR.

According to the FIR, the two policemen had reached the Narela-Singhu border when a group of farmers surrounded them and hurled abuses.

“I told them I am a policeman and showed my ID card. The woman, however, told everyone that the government sent us to spy on them and they should teach us a lesson. One of the protesters threatened to kill me and others started to beat us up. We were taken to a camp… where we contacted SHO,” reads the FIR.

Police said some of the accused have been identified and will be arrested soon.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, one of the key figures of the farm protest, claimed farmers are being targeted for no reason. “The police personnel were in civil clothes and the protesters must have mistaken them for media persons who are trying to take photos without permission,” claimed Tikait.

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