A video is going viral on internet in which it can be seen the cops brutally thrashing the man who pulled out a sword on a busy street in Mukherjee Nagar.
The incident was not clear as some videos showed the Gramin Sewa driver chasing policemen with a sword in his hand, while others showed policemen thrashing him with lathis in an attempt to overpower him.
While talking to Sudarshan News a senior police officer said, an accident between the tempo and a police vehicle occurred on Sunday evening, leading to an argument that soon turned violent. The officer said the tempo driver attacked police personnel on the head with a sword and also drove dangerously. The driver, however, accused the cops of thrashing him and his son mercilessly.
The incident turned political, with BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa claiming that the policemen insulted the man by attacking his turban. Sirsa, a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal, was protesting outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station until late on Sunday.
Three policemen have been suspended for their unprofessional conduct in handling the matter and further legal action will be taken on the basis of the enquiry which will be conducted by Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Vijayanta Arya and additional DCP and ACP of the district.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Twitted,”Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnanble and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can’t be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters.”
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also hit out at the Delhi Police and asked Home Ministries intervention in the matter. “Shameful incident of @DelhiPolice ruthlessly beating up Sarabjeet Singh & Balwant Singh over a petty issue. Request HM @Amit Shah to ensure justice,” the senior Congress leader said in his tweet.
Twin threats all set to hit Delhi’s air quality to toxic levels once again
Taking our air pollution masks before winter clothing has become a sort of a yearly routine for residents of Delhi and adjoining areas. And this year is not expected to be any different. With the paddy stubble burning season all set to start as well as weather conditions that could bring in dust storms, the air quality this October could well be as alarming as ever.
Delhi’s air quality nosedives each year before and through the winter months and despite meetings and plans galore, the apocalyptic skyline has refused to give way to proverbial rays of respite. One of the key reasons identified for the toxic air is farmers in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab burning paddy stubble. NASA satellite imagery has time and again shown fire centers across the two states which – helped by wind conditions – bring a polluted haze over Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Last year, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal met Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in order to address the problem. His request for a meeting with Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh was turned down. In the murky lanes of political slugfest, environmentalists say effective measures have largely been lost.
And once again this year, burning of paddy stubble is expected to make its effects felt with ground reports suggesting farmers in Haryana and Punjab not too keen with the compensation for ‘not lighting up.’ In fact, Captain Amarinder Singh has written several times to PM Narendra Modi to get Centre to announce an adequate compensation. An announcement, if any, is awaited. In addition, there are reports that state government incentives announced could be ignored by farmers due to procedural complications.
As if burning paddy stubble was not enough to choke Delhi, there is also a dust storm brewing which could plunge the capital into a distressing haze. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has reportedly warned of dust-laden winds from Iran and Pakistan approaching north India which could significantly impact the quality of air.With these natural as well as man-made causes, residents of Delhi and NCR once again stare at a health hazard.