A tweet by Delhi Police regarding a demonstration at north Delhi’s Civil Lines area today led to a sharp exchange of words between the force and the Aam Aadmi Party.
The police, however, claimed that the objective of the tweet was to ensure that people in Delhi do not face any inconvenience.
“Today at 11 AM, 2,000 MCD teachers, doctors & pensioners will protest against non-release of their 3-month salary at Civil Lines,” Delhi Police tweeted in the morning.
@dilipkpandey we issue an alert for any gathering above 1000 people to prevent traffic hassles. We hope you appreciate the objective.
— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) January 6, 2016
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To the tweet, AAP’s Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey replied with: “@DelhiPolice Jobless Congress sponsored protest details being announced by u with so much of details as if u have organised it.”
Delhi Police replied: “@dilipkpandey we issue an alert for any gathering above 1000 people to prevent traffic hassles. We hope you appreciate the objective.”
To which the AAP leader replied: “@DelhiPolice Appreciate bt did u follow d same wen AAP protested agnst @arunjaitley, demanding his resignation in #DDCAScam? No? It’s Ok. More thn 2000 vols protested agnst @arunjaitley on 23 Dec, near Racecourse, Water Canon used, u didn’t even mention it on TL.”
The tweet by the official handle of Delhi Police was no longer visible on their page or over the micro-blogging network in a few hours, even as senior officials claimed that the tweet was not deleted.
Special Commissioner of Police (Operation) Sundari Nanda said that the only objective of the tweet was to ensure that people in Delhi do not face any inconvenience for the demonstration by being aware of it in advance. Delhi Police’s tweet virtually appeared to have originated from Bardez in Goa, which senior officials said might have been a technical glitch.
Sundari Nanda later assured that the tweet was posted from Delhi.
The tweet also drew sharp reactions from twitteratti among other AAP leaders. “So @BhimBassi’s team tweeting from “Goa” about Protest in “Delhi” against CM @ArvindKejriwal ???” tweeted AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.
Among others, one Manak Gupta tweeted “Why should @DelhiPolice tweet political details of a protest? With no mention of a traffic warning at all,” tweeted Manak Gupta.
“This verified handle tweet clearly shows how Delhi Police is working against the AAP Govt,” tweeted one Avinav.