Delhi Police under fire for assault on student protesters

Delhi Police under fire for assault on student protesters
The Delhi Police on Monday faced widespread criticism after a video showing police personnel assaulting students, including women, outside the RSS office in central Delhi’s Jhandewalan, went viral on social media.

Condemning the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for “using” the Delhi Police as their own force.

“Delhi Police being used by BJP/RSS as their private army to terrorise and teach lesson to anyone opposing BJP/RSS. I strongly condemn attack on students,’’ tweeted Kejriwal.

He further criticised the BJP government at the Centre for “working against” the interest of students across the country.

“FTII, Rohith’s case, Hyd University, IITs and now brutal attack on Delhi students. Modi government seems to be at war with students all across,’’ Kejriwal added. Reacting to the video, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said he has directed senior officials to investigate the matter and see if there were any “indiscretions”.

“As soon as I was informed about the video, I spoke to Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra, who later asked Joint Commissioner (Central range) S K Gautam to look into the matter.

“We will see if there was any indiscretion. We shall also talk to some of the eyewitnesses apart from analysing the content of the video,” Bassi said.
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