DU college violence: Delhi Police suspends 3 policemen for mishandling situation

ABVP activists?had on Tuesday?prevented?a seminar,?organised?by the?college's?Literary Society,?from being held. (Image source: www.ramjascollege.edu) Photograph:( Others )

PTI New Delhi, India Feb 23, 2017, 05.46 PM (IST)

Delhi Police on Thursday suspended three of its personnel for their "unprofessional" handling of the Ramjas College violence and asked Crime Branch to conduct a probe into yesterday's clashes between ABVP and AISA members.

On Twitter, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik assured "all students & parents" of adequate security arrangements on the campus.

Addressing Left-backed AISA activists protesting in front of police headquarters here, Special Commissioner (Southwest) Dependra Pathak promised action against the "errant cops", saying a DCP-rank official was conducting a probe in the issue.

"During yesterday's protest in North Campus it has come to notice that a few cops had indulged in inappropriate and unprofessional action. An inquiry has been instituted and strict action will be taken," Pathak, who is also the Delhi Police spokesperson, said.

When the protesters asked him about ABVP activists allegedly seen standing atop police vans during the violence yesterday, Pathak said, "If this has happened it is wrong".

Special Commissioner (Law and Order) SBK Singh also came out to meet the students and assured a fair investigation into the matter.

He said several complaints have been received from both the sides and an FIR was registered yesterday.

"We want you to take part in the investigation. We will record your statement and assure you that we will take legal action. If there are 10 complaints on the same incident, we don't register 10 FIRs but record all statements," he told the students.

Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime, KK Vyas, said the Crime Branch will investigate yesterday's incidents at the North Campus. 

Ramjas College had turned into a battleground yesterday as students of Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP armed with hockey sticks rained blows on each other, causing injuries to many.

JNU and DU students, who are members of AISA staged a protest at ITO Delhi Police Headquarters today demanding action against "errant cops" who allegedly roughed up students and journalists yesterday.

They were also demanding registration of an FIR against ABVP activists.

A case was registered yesterday in connection with violence and has now been transferred to Crime Branch.

"Crime Branch, henceforth, will be investigating the case in entirety," Pathak said.

Earlier in the day, Pathak and SBK Singh, special commissioner, Law and Order, met the students protesting outside the police headquarters. Singh assured them of a fair investigation.

"We have received several complaints from both the sides and have registered an FIR yesterday. We will record your statement and assure you that we will take legal action. If there are 10 complaints on the same incident, we don't register 10 FIRs but record all statements," he told them.

Asked about students being lathicharged during yesterday's protests, he said, "I don't know who ordered the lathicharge. Even if I'd have known, I'd not have told you."

(PTI)