The Shahdra district police on Monday had distributed 60 metallic batons to police non-public as an anti-riot instruments. The transfer was outlined by the officers as an experiment, for the “security from rioters armed with swords” after police non-public had been injured all through clashes with protesters who carried swords all through the Republic Day rally.
The switch was accredited by station house officers of 11 police stations beneath the jurisdiction of Shahdra district and each police station distributed 12 batons to its non-public.
A senior police officer suggested The Wire that, “It’s a makeshift affiliation to cut back hurt in case of a sword assault. It isn’t an aggressive nevertheless defensive mechanism. The baton is 4-5 ft prolonged and has a metallic arm guard that protects the particular person holding it in direction of the assault by a sword.” One different police official reportedly said that the initiative was taken by the “SHOS of the respective police stations of Shahdra district.”
The pictures of the police officers lining up, holding metal batons drew sharp criticism after which the Delhi police has intervened and requested the Shahdra Police to reverse the selection. “As rapidly as senior officers found, these had been taken once more. There is not a scheme to provide policemen with steel lathis”, a Delhi Police spokesman has suggested The Wire.
A police officer who had been posted on the Singhu border on Friday, was allegedly attacked by a protestor with a sword. He sustained accidents to his left hand.