Ramlila crackdown: FIR against cops

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 00:44

New Delhi: Delhi Police have registered an
FIR against unnamed police officers for causing hurt and
injuries to yoga guru Ramdev`s supporters in the midnight
crackdown at Ramlila Maidan here last year, a fortnight after
the Supreme Court asked it to do so.

The move comes after the Supreme Court on February 22 had
rapped the Delhi Police for the midnight crackdown that took
place in June last year.

"The case was been registered yesterday at the Kamla
Market Police Station in Central Delhi," a senior police
official said.

In a huge embarrassment to the government, the apex court
had come down heavily on the State and the Delhi Police for
the midnight crackdown on Ramdev and his followers here and
sought criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action
against erring police personnel.

Describing the use of tear gas, lathi charge, brick
batting and chasing of people out of the Ramlila Maidan on
June 4 as "unjustifiable and brutal acts" on the part of the
police, the court also did not spare the yoga guru and his
followers for the violence.

In its response, the Delhi Police had said it will take
action against those policemen who used excessive force while
dealing with yoga guru Ramdev-led protesters at Ramlila Maidan
last year in compliance of the apex court order on the
incident in "full letter and spirit".

City Police Commissioner BK Gupta had said they were
asked to take disciplinary action against those policemen who
indulged in brick-batting or lathicharge against protesters
and register criminal cases against policemen and members of the
gathering for destruction of public property.

"We will abide by the Supreme Court order in full letter
and spirit...We will take action against those policemen who
had used excessive force on protesters," Gupta had told
reporters.

Gupta said the Supreme Court has maintained that it was
not wrong on the part of Delhi Police to bring the issues to
the notice of Home Ministry as they have to act collectively
on law and order matters.

"They have divided collective responsibility and
individual responsibility...we have to take disciplinary
action against these policemen (those who indulged in
violence)...we will first register a case and then take
action," he had said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 23:31

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