Demos and rallies kept cops busy

The Special Branch of the Delhi Police had its hands full throughout last year, gathering extensive advance intelligence and information relating to the large number of demonstrations and rallies that took place in the capital.

Joint Commissioner of Police T S Luthra said the special branch was involved in gathering intelligence for 3,125 demonstrations, 195 processions, 447 meetings, 216 strikes and 232 rallies pertaining to political, communal labour, and youth and student issues throughout last year.

“We also covered the movement led by social activist Anna Hazare extensively,” Luthra said.

He said advanced meetings were held with the organizers of the events along with representative officers from the local police and traffic police to make them smooth and peaceful. “The meetings were held before the Chehllum procession and the processions by Sponsoring Committee of Trade Unions, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust led by Baba Ramdev,” Luthra said.

On the other hand, in view of the terrorist threats, officers of the entire Special Branch officers were deployed to cover various market places, important buildings and other institutions to ascertain the preparedness on a day-to-day basis and also to submit intelligence reports to the  police.

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