A great detention!

Place of confinement was the centre of controversy


This description is not of a marriage reception but the VIP treatment Congressmen got from the Bangalore police during their detention. The only thing that reminded the agitating Congressmen about their status as detainees, was the place where they were confined. They who were on way to gherao Vidhana Soudha to protest the alleged failures of government, were detained by Adugodi police and were kept at the City Armed Reserve.
The building where the Congress leaders were kept had a huge sign board of ‘Dog Shed’. Now this ‘dog-like treatment’ has become a big issue with the Congressmen alleging that they were kept inside the Dog Shed intentionally to show their status. To add more to the ‘pathetic condition’ of the Congressmen, TV channels aired footage showing ‘Dog-shed’ board with Congress workers in the background.

As the matter snowballed into a big controversy, Bangalore police commissioner Shankar Bidari ran to the spot to convince the Congress leaders that the board came there ‘by mistake’ but he failed. He then issued a clarification in media that it was not a Dog-Shed but a ‘Drill-Shed’.

To justify his claim Bidari stated in the press note, “The assertion that the detained persons were kept in Dog Shed is false.  Only the board displaying Police Dog Squad was incidentally near the place of detention. The visuals which have appeared in electronic media also corroborate this fact.  It may be noted that the height of a Dog Shed will be 4 feet.  The height of the shed is minimum 16 feet.”He said he realises that all the persons detained are senior political leaders and activists who have been treated with due courtesy and regard.

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