3 COPS SUSPENDED FOR UNACCEPTABLE HANDLING OF THE TEMPO DRIVER
A police officer was injured on Sunday(16th June 2019) when he was allegedly attacked by a tempo driver, who chased after him with a sword, after an accident between their vehicles in northwest Delhi, was told by the officials.
Videos of the altercation were shared widely on social media. In one of the videos, the driver was seen chasing policemen with a sword in his hand, while in another video, the policemen were seen thrashing him with lathis in an attempt to overpower him.
According to a senior police officer, the accident between a Gramin Sewa Tempo and a police vehicle occurred in the evening, leading to an argument between them, which soon turned violent. The officer said the tempo driver attacked police personnel on the head with a sword and also drove dangerously.
The issue soon took a political turn with Manjinder Singh Sirsa, BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden, 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 night. He also demanded that the policemen involved be sacked.
“Sitting outside Mukherjee Nagar Police Station for justice. Those Delhi Police officials should be rusticated right away! Join us in our Dharna,” he tweeted.
He also claimed that the policemen beat the driver “mercilessly”. Sirsa said he will seek a meeting with Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Monday and also approach the Home Ministry to get the policemen rusticated. The matter is being investigated by a senior police officer, the police said. Sirsa tweeted early on Monday morning that the police officials involved in the incident had been suspended. All the three policemen have been suspended for the violent act that has been portrayed in the video.